Phone scammers are bombarding University of Oregon students this summer, including those who have just enrolled and are not yet on campus.
The scam attempt is similar to those seen often in the last year: a caller (likely from outside the U.S.) rings students, claims to be from a government, university or law enforcement agency, and tells the students they owe money or have violated some law or policy. The caller demands to be paid immediately or the students will face arrest. Sometimes, the caller asks to be paid in iTunes gift cards.
To be clear: THIS IS A SCAM. This is a fraudulent attempt to get money. Students who receive these calls should hang up and not respond, and may choose to report any caller information to the police. Do not provide money or anything of value. Do not agree to meet a caller.
If students are unsure about whether a call is legitimate, they can contact UO Police at 541-346-2919, or call the UO Office of the Dean of Students at 541-346-3216.
Scammers are likely getting student names and phone numbers from the publicly available online directory "Find People" (uoregon.edu/findpeople) on the UO website. Callers may target names that could be perceived as international, as the callers likely believe international students may be more likely to mistakenly pay the demands.
Students can decide what information is shown in the profile on "Find People." To change the profile display: