University Police would like to remind students that social media sites, the government and other entities do not send emails or texts requesting personal information, nor do they accept payment by Amazon or other debit cards. Please do not give out any personal information online or make any payments to places you do not know. If you’re unsure, log onto the website on your own and verify the information. You can also contact University Police for direction.
At 9:57 p.m. Jan. 29, an 18-year-old female reported she had received a suspicious email. The sender advised her that her account had been hacked, and she needed to transfer money to a bitcoin address provided. She was advised that this was a scam and not to respond. The email was sent to IT services.
At 10:30 p.m. Jan. 31, an 18-year-old student reported that she received a text message from Snapchat saying there was suspicious activity on her account and that it was locked. The message indicated that she needed to send her email back with a 4-digit PIN. She did so. She was then told she needed to send $200 or the sender would release all of her compromised pictures to her friends. She did. The sender then requested more money, so she closed out her account and called University Police.