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Virginia Tech Police Department: Don't fall victim to an email or phone scam

From: Virginia Tech Police Department

The university community is reminded to protect themselves against email and phone scams. The Virginia Tech Police Department offers the following tips and reminders to stay safe:

  • No law enforcement, emergency services, or other government agency in the United States, including the IRS, will ever call you on the phone and threaten you with arrest if you do not immediately send them money or provide them with the number of a gift card.
  • You should never give out personal identifying information over the telephone, by text, or email, to anyone demanding money or financial compensation. 
  • Do not provide personal information such as dates of birth, social security numbers, and bank account/credit card numbers over phone, text or email, unless you are dealing with someone you trust.
  • Listen closely to what is being said. Terminate the call as soon as you determine you are the target of a scam.
  • Legitimate phone numbers belonging to law enforcement are easily found on the Internet and are used to “spoof” the victim, or falsify the number on the Caller ID to hide the caller’s true identity.
  • If you receive an unsolicited letter or email requesting you to deposit a check and wire money back to an individual that you did not request or you found the service on the internet and decided to join, be suspicious. 
  • You should be apprehensive of situations where someone overpays you by check and then asks you to wire money or utilize a prepaid card for payment. 

Community members should report all crimes and suspicious activity/persons anywhere on campus or over the phone, text or email, immediately to the Virginia Tech Police Department at 540-382-4343 or by dialing 911. Anonymous tips can be reported online or via the Hokie Ready app.

For more information, visit the Police Department's website.

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