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Santa Rosa Junior College Police Department
Thursday August 31st, 2017 :: 08:31 p.m. PDT
Advisory

Santa Rosa Junior College Students Phone Scam

The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Financial Aid Office has received several complaints from students regarding a telephone scam. In this scam callers imply that they are from Santa Rosa Junior College and inquire how the student would like to receive their Pell Grant disbursements. The caller then requests personal information such as their social security number and how the student would like to receive their Pell grant such as by Western Union, Credit/Debit card, etc.

Be aware that Santa Rosa Junior College will never ask for this information over the phone. If you receive a phone call from someone identifying themselves as a representative from SRJC and who is asking you for personal identification information, such as a social security number and date of birth, please report this information to the SRJC Financial Aid Office immediately, along with the phone number of the caller and the time and date of the call at (707)527-4471.

The SRJC District Police Department has reported this scam to the federal authorities and provides you the following general tips from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to protect yourself against phone scammers:

• Spot imposters. Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity, or a company you do business with. Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request — whether it comes as a text, a phone call, or an email.
• Do online searches. Type a company or product name into your favorite search engine with words like “review,” “complaint” or “scam.” Or search for a phrase that describes your situation, like “IRS call.” You can even search for phone numbers to see if other people have reported them as scams.
• Don’t believe your caller ID. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information, so the name and number you see aren’t always real. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine.
• Don’t pay upfront for a promise. Someone might ask you to pay in advance for things like debt relief, credit and loan offers, mortgage assistance, or a job. They might even say you’ve won a prize, but first you have to pay taxes or fees. If you do, they will probably take the money and disappear.
• Consider how you pay. Credit cards have significant fraud protection built in, but some payment methods don’t. Wiring money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram is risky because it’s nearly impossible to get your money back. That’s also true for reloadable cards like MoneyPak, Reloadit or Vanilla. Government offices and honest companies won’t require you to use these payment methods.
• Talk to someone. Before you give up your money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. Con artists want you to make decisions in a hurry. They might even threaten you. Slow down, check out the story, do an online search, consult an expert — or just tell a friend.
• Hang up on robocalls. If you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch, hang up and report it to the FTC. These calls are illegal, and often the products are fake. Don’t press 1 to speak to a person or to be taken off the list. That could lead to more calls.
• Be skeptical about free trial offers. Some companies use free trials to sign you up for products and bill you every month until you cancel. Before you agree to a free trial, research the company and read the cancellation policy. And always review your monthly statements for charges you don’t recognize.
• Don’t deposit a check and wire money back. By law, banks must make funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks. If a check you deposit turns out to be a fake, you’re responsible for repaying the bank.
• Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scams. Get the latest tips and advice about scams sent right to your inbox.
• If you spot a scam, report it at ftc.gov/complaint. Your reports help the FTC and other law enforcement investigate scams and bring crooks to justice.

Remember, never provide your personal information (address, date of birth, banking information, ID numbers) to anyone you don’t know. If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, please contact the SRJC District Police at (707) 527-1000. Please pass this information along to your coworkers, peers, and students. We all must work together in keeping our community safe.

Address/Location
Santa Rosa Junior College Police Department
2032 Armory Dr
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-527-1000

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