Reported Campus Phone Scam – Student Services

December 15, 2021

The university police department reports that employees are receiving calls on desk and personal phones.

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The University Police Department (UPD) reported that employees received calls on their office lines and personal devices from a caller claiming to be a law enforcement officer attempting to collect fines in order to ‘avoid arrest.

UPD is informing all members of the community that this is a known scam that could cause them to lose hundreds or thousands of dollars. The scammer uses a false position of authority to request funds through gift cards such as MoneyPak. These scams often use spoofed phone numbers associated with the police or other government agencies to appear real.

What to do if you receive such a call

If someone gets a call like this, don’t provide any information or buy prepaid money or gift cards.

UPD reminds individuals that law enforcement and government agencies will never solicit any type of funds over the phone or tell you not to contact your local police. Anyone who demands to be paid with a prepaid gift card is a con artist!

If you receive a call like this on campus, please contact UPD at 973-655-5222 or you can report it to your local law enforcement agency, if you are off campus.