UT warns students of phone scam demanding money


AUSTIN (KXAN) — With the start of the school year comes a warning from the University of Texas Police Department.

UTPD is once again issuing their reminder for students to watch out for scams targeting them over the phone.

The scammers start by instilling fear in the student by telling them they owe money for tuition or back taxes. They say if the student doesn’t pay the amount owed over the phone they could be kicked out of the University or arrested by local law enforcement.

Scammers then walk the student through how to pay them over the phone. Students are warned that police and universities do not typically ask for payments over the phone.

Police say if students receive a call like this to ask for the scammer’s name, the department they claim to work for, supervisor’s name or case number. Students should then hang up immediately and call police.

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