Phone Scam Alert - Update 9/14/15

To: UC Santa Cruz Community
From: Nader Oweis, UC Santa Cruz Chief of Police
Re: Phone Scam Alert

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department has been notified of a phone scam being perpetrated on students. This scam is similar to one that was reported back in May, so it may be ongoing. The student receives a phone call from someone who claims to be an IRS officer or Federal Agent. The caller says that the student has unpaid taxes on student fees or loans, and tax forms that need to be filed, and they will be arrested if they don't immediately pay.

The caller tries to "verify information" and collect money for the bogus unpaid charges. If you receive a call like this, DO NOT PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION TO THE CALLER. See if you can get contact information from the caller and then hang up. Report the incident to the UCSC Police. Contact information listed below.

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department cautions against making payments or revealing personal information over the phone or online to anyone you do not know.

If anyone has received such a call, please contact our dispatch center to file a report at (831) 459-2231 x1 or with the City of Santa Cruz Police Department at (831) 471-1131. Online reports may be made with the City of Santa Cruz Police Department via their Website www.santacruzpolice.com. This option is not avialable for the UC Santa Cruz Police Department. If you have doubts about the authenticity of a call initiated from law enforcement, you can always hang up and call us at our dispatch center to verify.

Historically in phone scams, callers have bullied the victim becoming aggressive and threatening. If you receive a call where the caller bullies or threatens, simply hang up and call the dispatch center.

More information can be found at police.ucsc.edu or www.santacruzpolice.com.