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Virginia Tech Police Department: Don't fall victim to a phone scam

From: Virginia Tech Police Department

The university community is reminded to protect themselves against 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.
  • 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.

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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