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Date Occurred: 3/21/2019

This semester, UMPD has received several reports of students being cheated out of money and/or personal identifying information through scams involving fake jobs or other fraudulent circumstances.  Students are initially contacted via email or through postings on a jobs board.  They are then asked to either wire money to, cash bad checks for, and/or purchase gift cards for the “employer”.  These types of scams have caused some significant financial losses for members of our community.

To protect yourself from this type of activity, UMPD recommends the following:

 *  Do NOT submit your personal identifying information to anyone via email or text.  No professional agency will request this information and demand a response via email.

 *  If it sounds too good to be true – it probably is.  No one is legitimately going to “employ” you to cash checks and buy gift cards.   

 *  Don’t expect that a suspicious-sounding job is legitimate just because it is posted... read full alert

Hello UMPD!   My name is XXXXX and I am a freshman here at UMass. I recently applied to several jobs on the UMass Student Job Board, including the one labeled "Office Assistant" below in search of an on-campus job this semester. The man I emailed had a strange email address, but I ignorantly thought nothing of it. I believed the job to be simple work in an office environment, organizing files and delivering mail. However, I received an email from the man called Jordan David today explaining that the job was more of a personal assistant job, picking up groceries and sending/delivering mail to...

Below is an account of an incident that happened to a UMass student today. Be advised that NO Police Department will ever call you and request/demand money over the phone. If this happens to you please contact your local Police Department.    Hi, I am a student at UMass and I would like to report a scam phone call I received today. The call came from the number 508-xxx-2222.   When I answered, a person with Indian accent introduced himself as an officer with the Middleborough police department saying that someone had filed charges against me. The person knew my first and last name. He then...




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