COLLEGE STATION, Texas – TAMU Police are warning the public about scammers, allegedly posing as UPD officers and asking victims for money over the phone.
Scammers are telling potential victims that University Police have a warrant for their arrest and they must pay over the phone to have the warrant cleared.
In some cases, the scam number may appear as the actual number for UPD’s Headquarters, located on the campus of Texas A&M.
If you receive a call like this, report it to local law enforcement, say TAMU Police. Authorities say that they will never ask for money over the phone or ask for money to clear arrest warrants.
Below is the release from A&M Police:
The Texas A&M University Police Department (UPD) has experienced multiple reports from citizens who have received phone calls from individuals claiming that warrants were issued for their arrest. The caller in this scenario identifies them self as a member of the Texas A&M University Police and uses a spoof caller ID so it will appear the caller is using the UPD main phone number (979-845-2345).
This is a tactic often used by con artists to make it appear the victim is receiving an opportunity to send money to keep from being arrested. These con artists can sound convincing. They will use fake names and bogus identification badge numbers.
If you receive a call from a person claiming to be with the Texas A&M University Police Department or any other local law enforcement agency, you can call 979-845-2345 to verify this information.
As a reminder the Texas A&M University Police Department, or other law enforcement agencies, will never:
-Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about debts owed without first having mailed you a notice,
-Demand that you pay debts without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed,
-Require you to use a specific payment method