NAU and Flagstaff police are warning students, faculty and staff to be wary of telephone scammers. More than 200 local residents this year have reported fraudulent requests for money and callers demanding personal information. The callers identified themselves as police officers, credit card agents, Internal Revenue Service and government officials.
Calls and texts originate from seemingly legitimate organizations, with callers requesting money orders, wire transfers or pre-paid money cards. Scammers use high pressure techniques, threatening compliance to avoid arrest on a warrant for anything from missing jury duty to failure to pay a parking ticket or citation.
NAUPD reminds the campus community to never share personal or financial information over the telephone. Individuals may register with the national Do Not Call list by visiting www.donotcall.gov. Learn about current scams by visiting the Internet Crime Complaint Center.