Public Safety warns of apparent telephone scam

Public Safety warns of apparent telephone scam

St. Thomas' Public Safety and Parking Services received several complaints this month from resident students in Dowling Residence Hall, Murray Residence Hall and Morrison Hall, who reported receiving phone calls from unknown callers. The callers contacted the students and offered credit cards in exchange for their Social Security number and other personal information.

The callers have been identified as both male and female with a foreign accent that is difficult to understand at times. The callers claim to have been calling from VISA.

Anyone with more information about these calls or the suspects is urged to call the Public Safety Department at (651) 962-5100.

Identity theft prevention tips:

  • Don't have your driver's license number or social security number printed on your checks.
  • Don't carry your Social Security card or birth certificate in your wallet or purse.
  • Never give your Social Security number, credit card number or bank account information to anyone calling you.
  • Review monthly bills carefully for unexplained charges.
  • Tear up or shred all credit card offers mailed to you.
  • Tear up or shred all documents with account numbers before disposing of them.
  • Order only from secure, reputable Internet sites.

Public Safety urges you to be proactive and alert. You can help prevent crime.