The Boston University Police Department sent an email to students Thursday afternoon warning them about potential fraud after four students have fallen victim to these scams since Sept. 6. The email included details about all four incidents and gave students information about how to better protect themselves.
“We urge all members of our community to be vigilant against theft and fraud. Please take a moment to consider the possibility that a situation may be a scam or a fraud,” BUPD wrote in the email.
Two of the incidents occurred over the phone where the caller pretended to be a Chinese government official and accused the student of being involved in a crime, according to the email. One student wired $150,000 and another wired $25,000 to an overseas location before they contacted BUPD.
In the third incident, a student received a job offer from Walmart through email and was sent a check for $2,800. They were told to “obtain a total of $2,500 in money orders” to send back and keep the remaining $300. After the victim forwarded the orders, they found the check was not accepted.
The fourth incident occurred when a student was contacted by an unknown person who claimed to be from Amazon Services. The student was told if they sent $900, they…