Incident Occurred: April 12, 2018
Details: A Stanford student wired a large sum of money to a person claiming to be a law enforcement officer from a country outside the U.S.A. The caller requested that the student transfer money to prove she was not involved in an alleged crime. The call was a scam.
Prevention Tips: Phone scams are common. To avoid becoming a victim, the Department of Public Safety recommends the following:
• Be suspicious if someone calls you asking for personal information -- credit card or financial institution account numbers, Social Security numbers, passwords, or other identifying information. Be alert to a caller trying to pressure you into providing this type of information.
• If a caller says he/she represents a company or agency, such as a law enforcement agency or the Internal Revenue Service or a financial institution and requests personal information or the transfer of money in any form, hang up and dial the phone number on your account statement or listed on the website for the company or the law enforcement agency to verify the authenticity of the call and caller.
• If you receive a call that is suspicious or that you believe to be an attempt to defraud, please do not hesitate to contact the SUDPS or your local law enforcement agency for assistance.
This crime alert is being sent to you in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.