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Don't fall for telephone scams

Monday, August 6, 2018


Be cautious of phone callers who demand money by gift cards or online transfers, the UTA Police Department advises. These scams often increase near the beginning of the new semester or when tuition payments or fees are due.

If someone calls you and demands immediate payment for an alleged debt by gift card, MoneyGram, or any other transfer of funds:

  1. Ask for the caller's name, employer, and phone number.
  2. Hang up. Check the company's or agency's phone number online. Call that number to verify that the caller is from a legitimate company or government agency.
  3. Call the UTA Police Department at 817-272-3381 if you feel that the caller is a fraud and file a report.
  4. Do not give personal information over the phone, such as a Social Security number or a bank account routing number.
  5. Do not make any payments to a company or government agency over the phone unless you are able to verify the call. If in doubt, call the UTA Police for assistance.