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Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Chief of the University of Georgia Police Department or his designee, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued through a campus wide e-mail to all faculty, staff and students, as well as through local media outlets.

Anyone with information about an emergency situation or other situation warranting a timely warning should contact the University of Georgia Police Department immediately at 706-542-2200.

Timely Warning – E-mail Phishing Scam

August 7th, 2014

August 7, 2014

Contact:

Lt. Eric Dellinger (706) 542-5813

Chief Jimmy Williamson (706) 542-5813

Recently, the University of Georgia Police Department has received complaints related to fraudulent attempts to obtain information related to University of Georgia related computer accounts. Specifically, individuals have received e-mails purported to be from UGA EITS which inform the recipient that their account information has been compromised and they need to log in using a provided link to update their account information to avoid a disruption of services.

This is a scam intended to fraudulently obtain the recipient’s account information. UGA EITS will never send an e-mail requesting individuals to provide personal or account information on-line. If you have reason to believe that your UGA related computer accounts have compromised in any way, contact EITS directly to inquire with the appropriate personnel (706-542-3106, helpdesk@uga.edu).

Timely Warning – Check/E-mail Scam Advisory

May 30th, 2014

May 23, 2014

 Contact:

Lt. Eric Dellinger (706) 542-5813

Chief Jimmy Williamson (706) 542-5813

In recent weeks several e-mail based check/money order scams have been brought to the attention of the University of Georgia Police Department.  Two victims known to the University of Georgia Police Department at this time have reported a total loss in excess of $6000.

In this type of scam, potential victims receive correspondence, typically by e-mail, which offers monetary compensation for very little work.  The victim then receives a check for a substantial amount more than the advertised pay, with instructions to deposit the check and then forward the difference to a third party in the form of a money order or pre-paid card.  The original check deposited into the victim’s account is then found to be fraudulent and the victim is out of the full amount.

Do not fall for this type of scam!  If an offer of payment seems too good to be true, it most likely is.  Never accept this type of payment from an unverified source or agree to such employment without knowing who you are communicating with.

Investigation into the cases reported to the University of Georgia Police Department has revealed that an individual associated with the address of 9663 Santa Monica Boulevard, Unit 613, Beverly Hills, California, 90210 is involved first hand with the receipt of money orders and other payments sent by numerous victims from these types of cases.  Law enforcement officials in Beverly Hills, California are familiar with these incidents and as well as this known individual’s involvement and indicate that victims from other colleges in the U.S. are known.  However, prosecutors in that jurisdiction will not make criminal cases due to the financial burden involved with the transportation of victims from various parts of the country to testify in the matter.

This information is being disseminated in hopes that potential victims will take notice of this type of scam as well as the specific address known in these cases.  Please do not correspond with anyone that contacts you with this type of offer.  If you know of anyone that may have been victimized in this manner or if you feel you may have been the victim of such a scam, please contact the University of Georgia Police Department at 706-542-2200.