Today, UM Alerts put out two public safety notices warning the UM community about an email scam and a phone scam. Both scams were asking for personally identifiable information and banking information.
According to the first email sent from UM Alerts at 12:56 p.m., a UM email address is offering $2,000 to “eligible employees” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the email message regarding the scam, UM Alerts stated, “The University is not awarding any money to anyone for anything COVID related. Please delete any email you receive like this.”
This first alert also advised against providing personal information over email.
Following this, at 2:20 p.m. UM Alerts also sent a message about a phone scam. According to this second email, three people have reported receiving phone calls from UMPD’s phone number. The calls told people that there was a warrant for their arrest. They were then asked to provide personally identifiable information and banking information over the phone.
The email message from UM Alerts regarding the phone scam stated, “THIS IS A SCAM TO STEAL YOUR BANKING INFORMATION.”
The alert clarified that UMPD would never call and ask for banking information. It also stated that, if there is a warrant out for your arrest, UMPD will let you know in person.
The UM Alerts message also advised not to share personal information or banking information over the phone.