October 2021: Email Scam

LOCATION OINCIDENT/CRIME

Multiple

SUMMARY OF CRIME/INCIDENT

Multiple students reported receiving e-mails from an address pretending to be professors having job opportunities.  The alleged professor offers a job to the student to work remotely and to respond to the email or text the listed phone number. Upon contact, the alleged professor requested money be transferred via Zelle or gift cards for the purchasing of computer equipment. The students never receive computer equipment. See following page for sample email.

Scammers typically use false e-mail addresses, text message services and spoofed phone numbers.

 

CAMPUS COMMUNITY ONLINE FRAUD TIPS FROM UC DAVIS POLICE

  • Don’t give personal information – people may be posing as government officials (IRS) or a trusted company (banks, Apple, etc.)
  • Don’t deposit checks received and wire money back as requested by alleged employer.
    • The received check is likely fake and takes days for banks to process and catch that it’s fake.
  • Consider how you are paying someone.
    • Wiring money (Western Union or MoneyGram) and gift cards are not protected moneys and are difficult to track.
    • Credit cards have fraud protection
  • Be careful of clicking unexpected links received via e-mail and text.
    • Do online searches of the company or messages you received.
  • If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

 

 

M. Ahmad  # 1017

Sergeant of Police

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