Scam Alert

The Virginia Tech Police Department has recently received reports of students becoming the victims of fraud after receiving telephone calls from individuals claiming to be members of a law enforcement or another agency.

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      • Aug 25, 2016 Scam Alert: Online sexual exploitation

        A form of online sexual exploitation, commonly referred to as “sextortion,” is of continual and growing concern to law enforcement. In this situation, the victim is manipulated into sending sexually explicit/revealing images or videos of themselves to another online personality. The receiver may initially be someone known to the victim, a new internet acquaintance, or the receiver may pass images/videos to a third party.

      • Aug 25, 2016 Scam Alert: Foreign royalty phone scam

        The foreign royalty scam involves the sending of an email to individuals seeking assistance with moving money out of a country in crisis to the United States. The sender portrays themselves as either deposed royalty, a wealthy member of the country in crisis or possibly a member of an overthrown government.

      • Jun 10, 2016 Scam Alert: Phone scam targeting Virginia Tech students

        During these calls, the victims are told that they owe the government money and, if they are unable to pay the amount while still on the phone, they will be arrested. The callers then instruct the victims to purchase various gift cards and provide the numbers to them. After obtaining the gift card numbers, the callers usually hang up without giving any further instructions.

Community members should report all crimes and suspicious activity/persons anywhere on campus immediately to the Virginia Tech Police Department at 540-382-4343 or by dialing 911. Anonymous tips can be reported online or via the LiveSafe mobile app (for Android and Iphone devices).


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