University of Vermont Police are warning about a phone scams where the caller ID shows an incoming call from UVM Police.
Police say they have received multiple reports people have been targeted, and issued a campus alert on Wednesday.
The phone number says 802-656-3473.
Police say in this scam, the caller says they have a warrant for the arrest of the person being called and that a crime has taken place. The caller directs the recipient to wire money to avoid being arrested and charged.
UVM Police say this type of scam has been seen in this area before, and it is not uncommon for the callers who are impersonating a law enforcement official to try and solicit money over the phone in an effort to resolve the “warrant.”
In the incidents reported so far, police say the victims recognized this as a scam and called police to report it.
UVM Police would like to remind the public of the following:
- UVM Police does not call people to warn them of active warrants for their arrest.
- UVM Police will never ask you for money, especially over the phone.
- If you receive a call that appears to be from UVM Police (802-656-3473) and think that it may be a scam, hang up and call UVM Police to determine if we are trying to reach you.
The Burlington Police Department is also warning of a phone scam occurring Wednesday.
Someone has been calling residents claiming to be the police and advising they need to pay 10 thousand dollars.
They are then transferred to a “lieutenant” where they are told if they don’t pay the money, police will arrive in three minutes.
Police say they never contact residents demanding money.
If you get a call like this hang up and call police.