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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 or from "Mr. David's" PO box. He also told me that he would prepay me to get his desired items from the stores he listed, and that I would receive $200 for 10 hours of work a week. 

 

I was immediately hesitant because it was too good of a deal to be true, so I did my research on this man and found him and his "consultation company" to be nonexistent. His email address (@financier.com) is listed on Google as a scamming email to get money from people. In spite of this, his scam job listing was posted on the Student Job Board. It is currently not on the Board now (it somehow was taken down, so I took a screen grab of it), but this is unacceptable. If I hadn't done my research, this man could've stolen my money. Please do not let any UMass students get scammed by these people.

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 said he was going to pass the call to his lieutenant and another male person with Indian accent introduced himself (I forgot the name he gave me).

 

This person said that there were some claims against me coming from the IRS and proceeded to read what the charges were. 

He had a very thick accent and I couldn't really understand what he was saying. After reading the "charges" he said I could face a lawsuit and lose all my degrees or pay a fine of $7,000.

When I told them to email me the charges and that I was not doing anything without them talking to my attorney, they hanged up.

 

I'm reporting this because someone who is new in the school or the country could fall for this. It would be nice if someone could follow up and find out more about these people.

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