Crime Advisory – Telephone Scam

Update on Fraudulent Telephone Calls

Friday September 4, 2015

This is a joint message from Tufts Technology Services (TTS) and Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) with information on fraudulent telephone calls targeting members of the Tufts community.
Background – As noted in previous advisories, members of the Tufts community are again receiving telephone calls from someone claiming to be a police officer or other government official, who attempts to extort money in order to resolve arrest warrants as well as other legal, student loans or tax matters. The fraudulent caller identifies himself as a TUPD officer, Boston PD officer, Medford PD officer, Massachusetts State Police trooper, an IRS agent, or other  governmental agent and is spoofing the caller ID of these agencies to make the call appear more legitimate.
These calls are not being made by any official from TUPD, Boston PD, Medford PD, Massachusetts State Police, IRS, or any government agency. This activity is similar to other recent scams taking place across the country where the caller is attempting to solicit personal identifying information, such as date of birth, social security number, bank account information, or extort money.

What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

  • Remove your mobile phone number from the publically accessible Tufts White Pages directory (http://whitepages.tufts.edu) as the fraudulent caller appears to be obtaining mobile phone numbers from this directory. This may help reduce your exposure to telephone scams and other unwanted calls. To edit your directory information, please visit http://whitepages.tufts.edu/edit.cgi and follow the instructions. For assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 617-627-3376 or x73376.
  • If you receive one of these calls, do not give the caller any information, hang up and report the call at http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/police/phonescam.
  • NEVER provide personal identifying information or supply money over the telephone when you are contacted by a caller unsolicited, unless you can positively confirm the identity of the caller and the legitimacy of the caller’s request.

Wednesday May 20, 2015

This is a joint message from Tufts Technology Services (TTS) and Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) with information on fraudulent telephone calls targeting members of the Tufts community.

Background

As noted in previous advisories, several members of the Tufts community are again receiving telephone calls from someone claiming to be a police officer or other government official, who attempts to extort money in order to resolve arrest warrants as well as other legal or tax matters. The fraudulent caller identifies himself as a TUPD officer, Medford PD officer, Massachusetts State Police trooper, an IRS agent, or other governmental agent and is spoofing the caller ID of these agencies to make the call appear more legitimate.

These calls are not being made by any official from TUPD, Medford PD, Massachusetts State Police, IRS, or any government agency. This activity is similar to other recent scams taking place across the country where the caller is attempting to solicit personal identifying information, such as date of birth, social security number, bank account information, or extort money.

What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

•Remove your mobile phone number from the publically accessible Tufts White Pages directory (http://whitepages.tufts.edu) as the fraudulent caller appears to be obtaining mobile phone numbers from this directory. This may help reduce your exposure to telephone scams and other unwanted calls. To edit your directory information, please visit http://whitepages.tufts.edu/edit.cgi and follow the instructions. For assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 617-627-3376 or x73376.

•If you receive one of these calls, do not give the caller any information, hang up and report the call at http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/police/phonescam.

•NEVER provide personal identifying information or supply money over the telephone when you are contacted by a caller unsolicited, unless you can positively confirm the identity of the caller and the legitimacy of the caller’s request.

 

Monday February 2, 2105

This is a joint message from Tufts Technology Services (TTS) and Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) with information on fraudulent telephone calls targeting members of the Tufts community.

Background

As noted in previous advisories, members of the Tufts community are again receiving telephone calls from someone claiming to be a police officer who attempts to extort money in order to resolve arrest warrants or other legal or tax matters. The fraudulent caller identifies himself as a TUPD officer, Medford PD officer, or Massachusetts State Police trooper, and is spoofing the caller ID of these agencies to make the call appear more legitimate.

These calls are not being made by any official from TUPD, Medford PD, or Massachusetts State Police. This activity is similar to other recent scams taking place across the country where the caller is attempting to solicit personal identifying information, such as date of birth, social security number, bank account information, or extort money.

What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

•Remove your mobile phone number from the publically accessible Tufts White Pages directory (http://whitepages.tufts.edu) as the fraudulent caller appears to be obtaining mobile phone numbers from this directory. This may help reduce your exposure to telephone scams and other unwanted calls. To edit your directory information, please visit http://whitepages.tufts.edu/edit.cgi and follow the instructions. For assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 617-627-3376 or x73376.

•If you receive one of these calls, do not give the caller any information, hang up and report the call at http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/police/phonescam.

•NEVER provide personal identifying information or supply money over the telephone when you are contacted by a caller unsolicited, unless you can positively confirm the identity of the caller and the legitimacy of the caller’s request.

 

Friday January 9, 2015

This is a joint message from Tufts Technology Services (TTS) and Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) with information on fraudulent telephone calls targeting members of the Tufts community.

Background

As noted in previous advisories, members of the Tufts community are again receiving telephone calls from someone claiming to be a police officer who attempts to extort money in order to resolve arrest warrants or other legal or tax matters. The fraudulent caller identifies himself as a TUPD officer, Medford PD officer, or Massachusetts State Police trooper, and is spoofing the caller ID of these agencies to make the call appear more legitimate.

These calls are not being made by any official from TUPD, Medford PD, or Massachusetts State Police. This activity is similar to other recent scams taking place across the country where the caller is attempting to solicit personal identifying information, such as date of birth, social security number, bank account information, or extort money.

What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

• Remove your mobile phone number from the publically accessible Tufts White Pages directory (http://whitepages.tufts.edu) as the fraudulent caller appears to be obtaining mobile phone numbers from this directory. This may help reduce your exposure to telephone scams and other unwanted calls. To edit your directory information, please visit http://whitepages.tufts.edu/edit.cgi and follow the instructions. For assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 617-627-3376 or x73376.

• If you receive one of these calls, do not give the caller any information, hang up and report the call at http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/police/phonescam.

• NEVER provide personal identifying information or supply money over the telephone when you are contacted by a caller unsolicited, unless you can positively confirm the identity of the caller and the legitimacy of the caller’s request.

Monday, October 20, 2014

This is a joint message from Tufts Technology Services (TTS) and Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) with additional information on fraudulent telephone calls targeting members of the Tufts community.

Background

As noted in the advisory sent Friday, October 17, 2014, members of the Tufts community are receiving telephone calls from someone claiming to be a police officer who attempts to extort money in order to resolve arrest warrants or other legal matters. The fraudulent caller identifies himself as a TUPD officer, Medford PD officer, or Massachusetts State Police trooper, and is spoofing the caller ID of these agencies to make the call appear more legitimate.

These calls are not being made by any official from TUPD, Medford PD, or Massachusetts State Police. This activity is similar to other recent scams taking place across the country where the caller is attempting to solicit personal identifying information, such as date of birth, social security number, bank account information, or extort money.

What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

  • Remove your mobile phone number from the publically accessible Tufts White Pages directory (http://whitepages.tufts.edu) as the fraudulent caller appears to be obtaining mobile phone numbers from this directory. This may help reduce your exposure to telephone scams and other unwanted calls. To edit your directory information, please visit http://whitepages.tufts.edu/edit.cgi and follow the instructions. For assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 617-627-3376 or x73376.
  • If you receive one of these calls, do not give the caller any information, hang up and report the call at http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/police/phonescam.
  • NEVER provide personal identifying information or supply money over the telephone when you are contacted by a caller unsolicited, unless you can positively confirm the identity of the caller and the legitimacy of the caller’s request.

Fraudulent Telephone Calls

Friday, October 17, 2014

This notice is to alert you to fraudulent telephone calls being made by someone claiming to be a Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) officer.

TUPD recently received multiple calls from members of our community stating that they have received calls from a person identifying himself as a police officer, in many cases stating that he was a Tufts Police officer. This fraudulent caller proceeds to tell the person that he is calling about warrants and other legal matters. Some of the complainants report that the caller ID even matches the non-emergency number of TUPD.

These calls are not being made by any official from the Tufts University Police Department. This activity is similar to other recent scams taking place across the country where the caller is attempting to solicit personal identifying information, such as date of birth, social security number, bank account information, etc. If you should receive one of these calls, do not give the caller any information, hang up and call TUPD immediately at 617-627-3030. Please be prepared to provide as much information as possible about the call and the caller.

Never provide personal identifying information over the telephone when you are contacted by a caller unsolicited, unless you can positively confirm the identity of the caller and the legitimacy of the caller’s request for information.