Rensselaer's Division of the Chief Information Officer (DotCIO) and Department of Public Safety remind all members of the campus community to be aware of phone scams that have recently surfaced on campus. As recently as Monday, August 13, several staff members received messages which asked the recipient to make a financial transaction or provide personal information.
All members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to be vigilant regarding suspicious e-mail and/or phone calls they may receive. These scams should be reported to the Help Desk at ext. 7777, disregarded, then deleted. Anyone who may have already replied to one of these scams and provided any personal information should contact their local, state, or federal law enforcement agency. Rensselaer's Department of Public Safety can offer assistance on how to contact the proper law enforcement agency on this matter.
For instances occurring at home, it is advisable to report the incident(s) to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). If you think you might have been a victim of a phone scam or suspect that you were targeted, file a complaint with the FTC online, or call 877-382-4357 (TTY: 866-653-4261). The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Scam recipients are also encouraged to file their incidents with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3.