WFU Police receive reports of fraudulent calls to families about student arrests

Wake Forest University Police has received information regarding a fraud scheme in which the non-emergency number for WFU police was spoofed. The caller tells a parent or family member that their student has been arrested and bail bond money must be sent using Venmo.

If you receive a call from Wake Forest’s non-emergency number (336-758-5591) where the caller requests that you send money to resolve an issue, the story can be compelling. Do not send money. 

The Wake Forest University Police Department will never make calls asking that money be sent.

Spoofing is when a caller disguises the number they are calling from so the call appears to be from a legitimate phone number, in this case, the University police department. It is often used to trick people into sharing personal information — sometimes using fear tactics with false stories of loved ones or friends in trouble and in need of money.

The FCC website offers information on spoofing and tips on how to avoid it.

If you have questions or concerns about your student’s wellbeing or whether a call you received is legitimate, call the Wake Forest Police non-emergency number at 336-758-5591.

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