Community Crime Bulletin: Online scam targeting campus community

November 22, 2016

November 22, 2016
To: UC Santa Cruz Community
From: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police
Subject: Community Crime Bulletin: Online scam targeting campus community
The UC Santa Cruz Police Department has received two reports of an online scam being run against members of the campus community.  
Unscrupulous people are constantly coming up with scams designed to trick you. Scams can lead to identity theft, regular theft, access to your accounts and personal information, and compromised computers. We encourage the campus community to remain vigilant.  
In this scam, a fictitious company named B&H Beverages sends an email offering to hire a student to work part-time and requests contact information. The student then receives FedEx packages containing fraudulent checks made out to them from this fictitious company. The checks are signed by a legitimate company not associated with this scam. 
The student is then asked to send B&H Beverages money to cover the shipping costs on supplies related to their new "employment" with the company. 
Anyone who receives an email from "B&H Beverages" or any other suspicious company offering unsolicited employment with upfront money, is encouraged to report the email scam to the UCSC Police Department by calling 831–459–2231, ext. 1.
Members of the campus community is advised not to attempt to cash checks from companies they are not familiar with.
Safety tips
Victims are not responsible for being victimized, regardless of any action or inaction on their part. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects.
  • Don’t open files, click links, or call numbers in unsolicited emails, text messages, IMs, Facebook postings, tweets, etc.
  • Always verify the identity of a person asking you for information, money, or access to your accounts, computer, etc.
  • If you can’t verify something is legitimate, ignore, delete it, or ask the person who supposedly sent it.  
  • Never - ever - ever - reveal your password!
  • Report crimes and criminal activity to the Police Department at (831) 459- 2231 or provide anonymous tips at police.ucsc.edu.
More information about scams can be found at http://police.ucsc.edu/http://its.ucsc.edu/security/scams.html, and http://ftc.gov/.
This bulletin is in compliance with 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" ("Clery Act"), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).