Be Cautious of Scams

Is someone asking you for money? Colleges and Universities, and those who go there, are often the targets of email and phone scams by people trying to take your money. If you receive a phone call or an email requesting payment for something you did not want or buy, or if you receive a phone call or email from someone claiming they are the police or government and demand you must give them money for something, DO NOT DO IT.

Here are some tips to avoid being the victim of fraud:

  1. Spot imposters: Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust; police, the government, a charity. Do not give money or personal information to a sudden, unexpected request.
  2. Do not pay upfront for a promise: Someone asking you to pay upfront for things like debt relief, plagiarism protection, a prize, or to keep you out of trouble is likely trying to trick you.
  3. Do not wire transfer money: Wire transactions do not have fraud protections built into them, so using Western Union or MoneyGram is risky. Honest companies, charities, or Government Agencies DO NOT require this sort of payment.
  4. Do not deposit a check from an unknown source: Fake checks are often sent to people asking them to cash it and wire the money back in exchange for money. These are scams and you cannot recover the money lost.

If you ever have a question about a phone call or email talk to someone you trust before you give them your money or personal information. Con artists want you to make decisions in a hurry, they may even threaten you with arrest or possible disgrace. Slow down, check out the story, and consult someone you trust. I will always be more than happy to talk about a phone call or look over an email you may have received if anything like this happens. It is better to be safe than sorry.

If you have more questions about how to avoid being scammed, please come to the Community Center, room 139, on Thursday, February 9th, from 6pm-7pm. UWPD will discuss the types of scams we’ve seen on campus and give you tips on how to avoid them. We hope to see you there.