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MSU Police alert MSU students about new phone scam

January 29, 2015

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 Montana State University Police are notifying MSU students to be aware that phone scammers are again targeting MSU students.

The scammers are predominantly calling foreign students on the MSU campus. They are telling students they have a warrant for their arrest and that they must pay a fine immediately – and electronically – or they will be arrested by the Bozeman or Missoula Police Department.

Any students who receive such a call should not transfer any funds and should call the MSU Police Department immediately at (406) 994-2121.

The scam is particularly devious because the caller ID on victims’ telephones shows the Bozeman and Missoula Police Department’s name and number. This is known as “caller ID spoofing” and occurs outside of the university system’s technological control.

Six MSU students reported the scam within in the span of a few hours today. In each case, the caller claimed to be a police officer from either the Bozeman or Missoula Police Department.

Last fall, MSU students were similarly targeted, according to MSU Police Chief Robert Putzke.

“MSU Police do not conduct business this way,” Putzke. “Any students receiving such a call should not share any personal or financial information with the caller and should call legitimate law enforcement immediately.”

                                   

Robert Putzke  (406) 994-3220,  rputzke@montana.edu