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Reports of fraudulent calls resurface

| Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In mid-July, students and other staff received an email from Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) warning of a man calling people affiliated with Notre Dame and impersonating various government officials in order to obtain personal financial information.

A month later, reports of those calls have started coming in again, according to University spokesperson Dennis Brown.

The initial email, which was sent July 17, said caller identification indicates the man’s number as that of a legitimate government agency. He then pretends to be a member of law enforcement or some other government official and asks for money or financial information, according to the email.

Multiple people have described the man as speaking with a heavy accent, the email stated. NDSP urged students to not share private finances over the phone.

“If you receive a suspicious call, we recommend that you clarify what agency the person is from, the name of the caller, the purpose of the call and the telephone number,” the email said. “Then look up the number for the agency yourself and call to see if someone from the agency is legitimately trying to contact you.  If not, report to the police.”

Both NDSP and the Roseland police department have received complaints about the caller.

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