University Police

UWRF Scam Alert 5/15/019

*Phone Scam Alert*

Several students have received scam calls from what appears as the University Police telephone number (715)425-3133. These scam calls are the result of caller ID fraud or "spoofing".

The fraudsters, while claiming to be from University Police, are using several different ruses attempting to scam the victims of money. Suspects are using ploys ranging from asking for money to telling the subjects they are under investigation or have outstanding fines or warrents.

Students are reminded that police, government agencies, etc. will NEVER call you and demand money. Please consider the following tips:

  • If you receive a telephone call from someone telling you they are a police officer or other government employee, and they are demanding you send them money, do not engage with the caller. Immediately hang up.
  • NEVER give bank account, credit card, or personal information to someone who calls you.
  • If you feel threatened or unsafe, hang up and call 911.
  • If you lost money because of this scam, call the UW-River Falls Police Department at (715) 425-3133.
  • If you received one of these phone calls, it is not necessary to contact UWRF PD. You only need to call and file a report if you have lost money from this scam.