Scammers posing as police target college women

Originally published August 3, 2016 GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Police Department says someone is posing as an officer and making calls to college students.

The culprit is "spoofing" the police department's phone number. That means it shows up as (920) 448-3200 on caller ID.

Police say the caller tells students they're cheating on taxes and not paying student loans. The caller demands money from the potential victim.

Green Bay Police say they will never make such a call.

"Those calls are an obvious scam, and we really want to get the message out to the community so people don't fall victim to it," Police Capt. Kevin Warych said.

Warych says the three victims they heard from did not fall from the scam.

They described the caller as a man with an accent.

The police department recommends these tips from the Federal Communication Commission:

  • You may not be able to tell right away if an incoming call is spoofed. Be careful about responding to ANY request for personal identifying information

  • Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother's maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious.

  • If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency seeking personal information, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book or on the company's or government agency's website to verify the authenticity of the request.

  • Use caution if you are being pressured for information immediately

  • If you have a voice mail account with your phone service, be sure to set a password for it. Some voicemail services are preset to allow access if you call in from your own phone number. A hacker could spoof your home phone number and gain access to your voice mail if you do not set a password.