Advice from the University Police Department on avoiding scams

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The Southeastern Louisiana University Police Department works to protect our students and campus at all times. We do our best to keep frauds and scammers off campus, but we need your help.

Students and employees should remain aware of current and past scams and frauds attempting to gather private information, access personal data or demand monetary payments.

These scams or frauds may take the form of an anonymous caller impersonating a law enforcement officer or an IRS agent calling and asking for private information such as a social security number or banking information. The caller may say your identity was stolen, and they need your information to put holds on your accounts. Sometimes the caller demands payment and threatens to arrest you or a loved one.

UPD wants members of our community to know legitimate law enforcement personnel will never call to ask for your social security number, banking information, credit card information or demand payment to keep you or a loved one out of jail. If you receive a phone call of this nature, disconnect the call immediately, and contact UPD at 985-549-2222 or, if off-campus, report the incident to your local law enforcement agency.

Also, some past scams have involved promising large returns for small payments or cheaper than usual goods or services via phone apps. Always be wary of an extraordinary offer which promises something usually requiring a larger investment.

Additionally, unlicensed magazine salespersons and credit card application distributors have visited campus in the past and attempted to defraud our students. If you are approached by a vendor, salesperson or solicitor on campus, in a residence hall area or in the Southeastern Oaks and Greek Village Complex, do not give them any money, checks, credit or debit card numbers or any personal information. Contact the UPD at 985-549-2222 so we can verify their identity and legitimacy.

More information about scams and frauds can be found on UPD’s website at southeastern.edu/police or at usa.gov/common-scams-frauds.

Let’s work together to keep our community safe.