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University Police received reports recently of phone scams. The scam involves a caller who is supposedly representing a government agency, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Federal Reserve.
As part of the scam, the caller tells the individual that an active warrant was issued for their arrest because of debt. The caller tells them to send money electronically or purchase pre-paid gift cards, such as iTunes cards, to clear the warrant and the debt. The caller may even instruct them to remain on the phone as they purchase the gift cards so that they do not immediately investigate the call.
Doug Roberts, chief of Missouri S&T’s University Police, offers the following tips to avoid falling for a scam: