Public safety warns of new scam targeting international students

The UW-Madison Police Department has received several reports from students — the majority of which are international students — who reported receiving a call from a UWPD officer. The caller demands money or gift card payments from the victim and threatens to arrest them if they don’t pay. The phone number that appears on caller ID is spoofed to match the number of the UW-Madison Police Department, UW-Green Bay Public Safety asks that faculty and staff remind UW-Green Bay students that police, government agencies, etc. will NEVER call and demand money. Please consider the following tips:
-Immediately hang up if someone identifies as a police officer or other government employee and demands money.
-NEVER give bank account, credit card or personal information to someone who calls you.
-Hang up and call 911 if you feel threatened or unsafe.
-If you lost money because of a similar scam, call UW-Green Bay Public Safety at (920) 465-2300.
-If you received one of these phone calls, it is not necessary to contact Public Safety. You only need to call and file a report if you have lost money from this scam.
-International students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Education if they have questions or concerns. Visit during advising hours, call (920)465-2190, email or contact Kristy at

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