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Phone scam alert

UD Police remind community members to be vigilant

University of Delaware Police are warning members of the UD community about phone scams that have been reported recently by students.

UD Police have learned of scammers who have posed as police officers and as University employees. In two instances, the scammers have called the personal phone numbers of UD students and used threats of arrest or University disciplinary action if they did not receive money through wire transfers, bank transfers, gift cards or virtual payment applications like Venmo or Cash App.

According to UD Police, these are scams.

UD Police wants to remind the University community of the following:

  • Hang up immediately if you receive a phone call that you believe to be a scamming attempt. Report the incident to the UD Police Department by calling 302-831-2222.

  • Law enforcement agencies will never call to threaten legal action or seek personal information, financial information or payment of any type.

  • Students are advised to manage their accounts online and securely through the University’s payment and billing system, My Finances.

  • Never give anyone your personal or financial information over the phone.

  • Monitor your credit card and bank statements regularly and report any unauthorized transactions to your financial institution immediately.


If you see something, say something. Call 911 to report suspicious activity. The UD Helpline provides crisis support and victim advocacy and is available 24/7 by calling (302) 831-1001. Read more about UD’s campus and community services and resources, victim support services and complainant resources.

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