MSU Police warning of phone scam targeting students

EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Michigan State University Police are warning of a new phone scam.

The scammer says the person owes money for an arrest warrant, unpaid student loan taxes, unpaid federal or state taxes or immigration issues. Demanding the person pays the money immediately, the scammer tries to convince the person to pay via a prepaid card, by a bank account number or through a transferring service.

MSU Police have released tips to help students prevent getting scammed.

Tips include:

  1. Never hand over your bankcard or compromise your bank account’s security.
  2. Look at return addresses before opening your email. If you do not recognize the address, do not open it.
  3. Be cautious when clicking on any link that will take you to another site. Look up the address of the site you are interested in and type in the address yourself.
  4. Never give out your password, pin or social security number.
  5. Do not give out financial information over the phone to someone that has contacted you.
  6. Become familiar with the information given in the above links to prevent you from becoming a victim of a scam artist.
  7. Remember legitimate agencies (police departments, IRS, US Department of Treasury, US Customs, etc., would ever contact someone via telephone and demand payment through a transfer service, prepaid cards or request a bank account number.

If you think you have been the victim of a scam, you are encouraged to call your local police agency.

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