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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 – Theft Advisory

January 21st, 2015

Contact:

Lt. Eric Dellinger (706) 542-5813
Chief Jimmy Williamson (706) 542-5813

Since January 14, 2015, the University of Georgia Police Department has investigated six thefts and/or burglaries of purses and cell phones in several north and south campus buildings. All of the stolen items were left unattended in public areas or in unsecured and unattended offices. An individual believed to be involved in one or more of these incidents is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a slim build, approximately mid 50’s in age, wearing a button down shirt, dress pants and thick rimmed glasses. If you see an individual fitting this description, please call the UGA Police Department immediately.

Many of the thefts reported on campus are preventable. Some steps we encourage members of our community to take include:

  • Don’t leave valuable items (purses, cell phones, laptops, etc.) unattended in public areas for any period of time.
  • Keep offices locked when unoccupied.
  • Do not attempt to confront anyone that you suspect may be involved in criminal activity. Notify the UGA Police Department immediately by calling 911 or 706-542-2200 if you observe any suspicious people, suspicious behavior, or suspicious activity.

Preventing these thefts will only occur through a partnership between the UGA Police Department and the students, staff, faculty, and visitors on campus.

Timely Warning – E-mail Scam Advisory

January 20th, 2015

Contact:

Lt. Eric Dellinger (706) 542-5813

Chief Jimmy Williamson (706) 542-5813

The FBI is warning of potential scams targeting college students and employees of public universities. The scams targeting students involve “work-from-home” opportunities. Scammers ask for an account number in order to make deposits into a student’s account. The scammers add the student’s bank account to a separate victim’s direct deposit information to redirect the victim’s payroll deposit to the student’s account. The student receives a deposit from the other victim. The student is then directed to send a portion of the deposit via wire transfer to the other individuals involved in the scam.

The scams target public university employees that use direct deposit. The scammers send employees emails that appear very similar to legitimate human resources sites asking employees to “verify” their information, such as logins, passwords, etc. The scammer then takes that information, logs in to the employee’s official human resources account, and redirects the employee’s paycheck into the bank account of another individual (as described above).

The FBI warns that participation in the scam is a crime and could result in account closures and federal charges.

You can protect yourself from the scam by taking a few simple precautions:

 

  • If a job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Never accept a job that requires the depositing of funds into your account followed by the wiring of funds to a different account.
  • Look for poor use of the English language in emails, such as incorrect grammar, capitalization errors, and tense errors. Many of the individuals using this type of scam are not native English speakers.
  • Never provide credentials, bank account information, login names, passwords, or other identifying information via email to someone you do not thoroughly know and trust.
  • Forward these recruitment emails to your IT department and contact the police when you receive them.