Sexual extortion

A U. of I. student sent intimate photos of himself to an unknown person whom he met online. The offender then demanded a $100 payment or else the photos would be shared with the student’s social media contacts. The student complied with the demand and then blocked the offender.

Fake arrest warrant

A woman reported that she was the victim of a phone-based scam. The caller claimed to be a federal law enforcement officer and said there was a warrant for her arrest. To avoid arrest, the caller instructed her to withdraw money from her bank account, convert it to cryptocurrency and transfer it to an unknown […]

Fake deportation threat

A U. of I. student reported that a caller threatened the student with deportation and then instructed her to send $2,950 through a mobile banking app to several unknown accounts. After those transactions were completed, the student received a second call instructing her to purchase $1,000 worth of gift cards at a local retailer and […]

Supervisor orders gift cards

A U. of I. student reported that he received a text message from an unknown person purporting to be the student’s employer who instructed him to purchase $2,000 worth of gift cards at a local retailer and reply to the text message with the card information. The student complied. By the time the student recognized […]

Fake graduation tickets

A U. of I. student reported that he attempted to purchase graduation tickets from an unknown person whom the student met through social media. The student attempted five times to transfer $30 to the unknown person through a mobile banking app. Each time, the student received a text message stating that the transaction failed. The […]

Fake embassy investigation

The student received a call from someone claiming to be a representative of the Chinese Embassy in Chicago. The caller said the student’s passport was connected with international crime and threatened the student with deportation. The caller instructed the student to wire $90,000 to an unknown account to avoid criminal charges. The student complied.

Fake identity theft

A U. of I. student received a call from a person claiming to be a representative of the U.S. Postal Service who said the student’s identity had been stolen. The caller directed the student to purchase $2,000 in gift cards as payment for a new Social Security number. The student purchased the gift cards and […]

Fake embassy fine

A U. of I. student received a series of calls from people claiming to represent the Chinese Embassy in Chicago who said the student would be arrested if she did not pay a fine. The student provided her passport information and wired $23,000 to the scammer.

Payment app fraud

A U. of I. student listed a set of vehicle rims for sale on an online marketplace and received a message from a person who claimed to be interested in purchasing them. The student then received a call from someone claiming to be a representative of the online payment application who said that the student […]

Fake police

A U. of I. student received a call from a person purporting to be a local police officer who said the student was implicated in illegal activity and needed to pay $950 to avoid being arrested. The student purchased gift cards and transferred the card information to the caller as payment.