UC police alert community about phone scam attempts to extort money

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UCPD released a Nixle alert late Tuesday morning warning the campus community about a telephone scam in which callers are impersonating UCPD officers.

The alert said the suspect told the victim, a campus employee, that she had warrants out for her arrest for not paying back her student loans. The victim was suspicious of the call and reported the incident to UCPD after refusing to give the impostor her credit card number or bank information.

UCPD reminded the community that officers are not “debt collectors” and that any attempts by “self-described police” to collect debts are scams.

“Scam/Con Artists use fear to extort money by pretending to be a government authority,” the alert said. “They often request unusual means of payment or demand personal/confidential information.”

UCPD suggested that victims who receive these calls hang up and verify the call with the claimed agency and advised victims not to provide private information with the caller.

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