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Crime Alert - Telephone Scam

CA 03-14-19806

Since mid-May 2014 the UMass Amherst Police have received two reports from University employees who've been targeted in a telephone scam. The phone calls are made by an unknown, adult male who claims the employee’s relative has been kidnapped or involved in a motor vehicle accident and money must be wired immediately to him or the relative will be harmed or killed. The victim is told to not hang up as doing so will also cause harm to their relative. Both of these calls were made to the UMass employee’s personal cell phone originating from the same phone number, (413)-535-9579 (Holyoke, MA).
This phone number has been used repeatedly in this scam since mid-June and area police departments are investigating. UMass Amherst Police is continuing to investigate this matter with the cell phone company and will provide updates as necessary.

The UMass Amherst Police Department recommends you take the following actions if you receive this type of call:

•Do not wire money;
•Do not divulge any personal information;
•Do not meet with the caller under any circumstances;
•Ask probing questions and gather as much information as possible;
•Contact the UMass Amherst Police Department at (413) 545-2121 immediately


CA02-14-14528 Multiple Vandalisms in North Academic Area

UPDATE 5/14/2014: The University of Massachusetts Police Department has arrested two individuals in relation to these vandalisms and thefts. The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact UMPD as detailed below.


5/13/2014 - The University of Massachusetts Police Department is investigating a series of vandalisms that have taken place over at least the last 48 hours. These vandalisms have occurred primarily in the North Academic area, although we are also investigating incidents that have occurred elsewhere.

The areas where damage has been found include:

Totman Gym
Goessmann Lab
Lederle GRC

Please be vigilant in checking your areas for signs of damage or tampering. If you see what you believe to be evidence of vandalism, if you notice that items are missing, or if you have any other information related to these incidents, please contact the University of Massachusetts Police Department at (413) 545-2121.

Anonymous information may be given using the UMPD TIPS line: (413) 545-TIPS (8477), or online at


CA01-14-13178 Laptop Thefts at WEB DuBois Library

On Wednesday, April 30th, at approximately 2:30pm, UMPD received two reports of stolen backpacks from the WEB DuBois library. One of those backpacks contained a laptop computer. These items were stolen from the 20th and 12th floors.

A witness described seeing a suspicious-looking individual around the same time that the thefts occurred. That suspicious individual is described as a white male, approx. 6’3”, college aged, black hair with a buzz cut, dark clothing, sweat pants, with a black backpack.

Students are urged to use caution, and in particular to secure all valuables and not leave them unattended.

If you have any information related to these thefts and/or the suspicious person listed above, please contact the University of Massachusetts Police Department at (413) 545-2121. Anonymous information can be left at (413) 577-TIPS (8477) or online at

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