UMW Crime Awareness Alert
March 8, 2021
From the University Police
Too Good to be true………
Because it’s not true. Any “offer” or “deal” that promises a quick payday or payment for ‘handling’ or helping with mailing or shipping should be looked at carefully. Often, they will send a check (usually from an out-of-state bank or fictitious financial institution) and ask that the person immediately mail money orders, certified cashier’s check, or electronically transfer funds (via Western Union or other commercial service). The unsuspecting recipient deposits the check(s) as instructed, and mails or electronically sends their personal funds. And then, after several days, the ‘check’ bounces – insufficient funds. But their money is gone. And they are now a fraud victim.
It is almost impossible to list all the different scams. Remember that there are some very creative criminals. And college students are good ‘marks’ – always in need of extra money and perhaps having access to financial aid refund checks or other sources.
Unfortunately, identity theft is rising too, with criminals wanting your personal information to obtain credit cards or other funds in your name. Always protect your information (Social Security Number, date of birth, checking and credit card numbers).
And it is that time of year for IRS tax scams. Criminals may phish for purposes of identity theft or even with the intent to file a false federal tax return to get any refund (before you do). So ignore any phone caller or email claiming to be from the IRS. (Remember, phone numbers can be spoofed- the caller ID displays a false number & name). Usually, the IRS, like most government agencies, would contact the citizen first by US mail. Of course, if you have a current “on-going dialogue” with the IRS over previous tax filings, you are already aware of the nature of that relationship.