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University Police & Public Safety warn of phone scam
During the scam a suspicious phone call is placed to the victim in which the caller claims to be holding the victim's family member hostage until the caller receives payment from the victim.
Victims are typically informed a relative has been involved in accident with the caller and they are being held hostage for money. The victims are instructed to wire the money electronically, and that once the money is received the victim's relative will be released.
One of the recent victims on campus described the caller as having a Hispanic male voice.
Some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim:
Please call University Police & Public Safety (262-595-2455) if you receive a phone call of this nature. You may also report this and other crimes anonymously on the police department website at: https://www.uwp.edu/live/offices/universitypolice/report.cfm
You may also send anonymous text messages to University Police by sending a SMS to "67283" containing "UWPTIP" and your message.