Community Alert - Phishing Phone Call Scam
Posted: Thursday, May 9th, 2019, 12:04 pm PDT

This morning, Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) received information about a phishing phone call scam. The recipients of the fraudulent calls have reported that someone identifying themselves as a Stanford University Department of Public Safety officer contacted them. To the recipients, it appears that the call is coming from the SUDPS office line. The caller is using threatening language regarding a police investigation to obtain personal information.

SUDPS recommends the following actions should you receive one of these calls or ANY phone call that is questionable or suspicious:

- If a caller says he/she represents a company or agency, such as a law enforcement agency or the IRS or a financial institution, and request personal information or the transfer of money in any form, hang up. Dial the phone number on your account statement, the website for the company, or call your local law enforcement agency to verify the authenticity of the call and caller.

- 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.

For additional information and safety tips on fraudulent schemes visit the FBI and IRS sites below.
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-urges-public-to-stay-alert-for-scam-phone-calls
https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-fraud-schemes

Please do not hesitate to contact the SUDPS or your local law enforcement agency for assistance. The 24/7 non-emergency phone number for SUDPS is 650 329-2413.

This crime alert is being sent to you in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.