Cybercrimes are becoming increasingly prevalent and offenders have been known to target tech-savvy demographics including teenagers and young adults. Cybercrimes include things like cyber stalking, cyber bullying, cyber harassment, and social media theft. It also includes Internet-based financial scams like credit/debit card scams, extortion scams, cryptocurrency scams, money mule scams, and advance fee scams. Electronic device that are hacked with ransonware or viruses or email accounts that are compromised are also included. What to do if you are a victim of a cybercrime →
Did you know?
Last year, over 847,000 complaints and $6.9 billion dollars were filed because of threat/extortion scams.
Watch out of red flags such as:
- The message is full of threats and ultimatums
- It includes grammatical and spelling errors
- You are given a short amount of time to comply to their demands
If It Happens to You
If you find yourself a victim of this type of scam:
- Keep all documentation related to the scam, including any emails, messages, or receipts
- File a police report with your local law enforcement agency
Call the University Police Department for help in determining the local jurisdiction in which the cybercrime occurred. If it occurred in our jurisdiction, you can file a police report with the University Police Department.
Victims of cybercrime are strongly encouraged to report the incident to the FBI using the designated website www.ic3.gov. The FBI compiles information on all incidents reported through this website and will prosecute offenders when possible.
Resources for victims of cybercrime can be found at www.fightcybercrime.org.
The University Police Departments warns the campus community that they should constantly be on guard for phishing and scam attempts via personal and University-owned computers. If you receive phone calls or emails asking for personal information such as T numbers, social security numbers, or any other personal financial information, this is likely a scam perpetrated by someone who has hacked into your system.
No government agencies, including law enforcement agencies, will call or email asking for this type of information. If you receive an email or phone call from someone who identifies themselves as a government agent, and this individual directs you to send them money or asks for personal information, do NOT comply or give out any additional personal information. Report these types of incidents to University Police at x3234.
University Police are here on campus 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Please do not hesitate to call to report any behavior that you find out of the ordinary at 372-3234. For crimes in progress and in emergency situations, please call 9-1-1 or utilize one of the emergency phones stationed on campus.