Police Department // The University of Texas at Arlington

June 26, 2017

Dear members of the UT Arlington community,

The UTA Police Department urges the community to remain aware of a scam targeting campus bookstores and students with valid campus identification.  The overview of the scam are as follows:

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In order to coerce the unwitting students into facilitating the purchases, the perpetrators provide false cover stories that suggest the perpetrators are current students who have lost their campus identification.

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Students who agree to facilitate the purchases are shown a cloned credit card and identification matching the identifiers on the cloned credit card.

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The perpetrator accompanies the student to the campus bookstore cash register and swipes the cloned credit card, while the legitimate student shows the clerk their valid campus identification.

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In some instances, the perpetrators swiped several declined cards until one was accepted.

Tips on how to protect yourself from this scam:

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Do not agree to facilitate a purchase for an individual who does not provide valid student identification and/or is not previously known to you.

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Establish a procedure at your campus bookstore that includes a provision against allowing the purchaser to utilize a credit card in someone else’s name.

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If you have been the victim of this scam notify your campus public safety department.

More information on this scam can be found in the associated FBI Public Service Announcement HERE.

If you encounter suspicous circumstances, contact police immediately and decline to provide any confidential or finanicial information. 

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The University of Texas at Arlington
Police Department
700 S. Davis
Arlington, TX 76013
(817) 272-3381
Email: policedepartment@uta.edu
Web: police.uta.edu