FRAUD ALERT :

Over the past several days, the UNCG Police Department has been contacted by several individuals in regards to fraudulent phone calls pertaining to money owed by the victim. The phone calls appear to be legitimate because the caller spoofs their phone number making it appear to be a local, state, or federal law enforcement agency. In a recent call, the caller claimed to have arrest warrants for the individual in reference to a student loan debt. The caller offered the individual a payment plan/lump sum payment in order to have the arrest warrants rescinded. The caller then instructed the individual to obtain a pre-paid credit card and requested the card information. In most cases, the caller has an aggressive tone and does not want the person to hang up for any reason. Law enforcement agencies will not solicit money in lieu of criminal charges. Do not be afraid to ask questions or to hang up in order to call back and verify that the call is legitimate. Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. They add new twists to old schemes and pressure people to make important decisions on the spot. One thing that never changes: they are stealing money. Stay a step ahead with the latest info and practical tips from the nation’s consumer protection agency at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts.

 

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