Public Safety Information: Fraudulent Phone Scheme

For the protection and safety of SU students, faculty, staff and neighbors, the Department of Public Safety releases the following alert:

Fraudulent Phone Scheme (Date Issued: 1/13/17)

Please be advised of a recent fraudulent phone scheme. A student received a phone call from an individual claiming to be the FBI. The individual told the student that they owed funds to the IRS. The caller confirmed the student’s personal information, including their SU major. The student was then told that if they did not pay the fees they owed they would be arrested and deported.

Please be aware that the FBI does not make phone calls on behalf of the IRS, nor does the FBI or the IRS conduct business by use of the telephone. Also, please do not give out your personal information if you do not know who is calling you or to an unknown source on the internet.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident or others, please contact the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety at 315.443.2224. If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information for DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.

Keep yourself safe by reviewing these suggested safety strategies.

This public safety information is issued for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.