ALMANAC BETWEEN ISSUES March 16, 2001


TRUE IDENTITY FRAUD ALERT

Attention -- Students and Staff:

An unknown person has been phoning parents of students and former students claiming he is a Philadelphia Police Detective that works out of Southwest Detective Division. He has used the name Detective Michael Williams and Lt. Phil Rheil. The "Officer" claims that he has arrested a person who was using your name, social security number and date of birth. He then asks if you will verify who you are by supplying him with the same information. Once he has your vital information, he claims that the individual he has under arrest has also opened credit card accounts from Visa, Master Card and American Express in your name and then asks for your credit card numbers to compare with the cards he has "confiscated". The male then takes your information and places orders for laptop computers and other high end items that he can quickly sell.

If this male calls you, or if anyone calls you seeking similar information, DO NOT give them anything. Hang up and report the incident to UPPD at (215) 898-4485 or e-mail: radio@pobox.upenn.edu Detective John Aloysius Peterson, Jr., University of Pennsylvania Police Department

--John Aloysius Peterson, Jr., Detective, University of Pennsylvania Police Department


Posted 3/16/01

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