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Scammers hit ECU students


The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

East Carolina University police are investigating several similar scams involving iTune cards that have victimized ECU students.

About 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a student reported a scam involving fraudulent checks to purchase iTunes gift cards. The student told police that a woman approached on Feb. 8 between 7:30 and 8 p.m. on College Hill Drive and gave the student a check and asked the student to deposit the check, then wire transfer some money to another country and also to purchase iTunes gift cards with the money and give those back to the woman, according to an ECU alert issued Tuesday.

This took place through a few different meetings. The check the woman gave the student to deposit turned out to be fraudulent, the alert said. The student could not provide much of a description of the suspect.

The scam is a newer version of an older scam that involves purchasing iTunes gift cards, and it is being investigated by the ECU police.

Another version of the scam is usually conducted through email, and not face to face. 

We are aware of two other students being scammed recently as well through an email communication back and forth with individuals that was like the situation above,” a news release from the ECU police said.

If anyone receives any similar type emails or have conversations with anyone on campus concerning work-from-home type jobs or the receipt of checks in the mail to be deposited into your personal bank accounts, be aware of a possible scam.

“Always know who you are communicating with and the origin of any checks you receive before depositing them,” the release said. “It is your responsibility to know that any checks are real before depositing them. You could be financially responsible for any money drawn against a deposit of a fraudulent check.”

Contact the local police department if you have been a victim of this scam. 

Anyone with information about scams at ECU is asked to contact the ECU Police at 252-328-6787, or information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777.

People can also file a complaint with the FBI at www.ic3.gov if they have received anything like this by email and have deposited the checks and later found out the checks were fraudulent. It is recommended that no one deposits any such check.