The Stanford University Department of Public Safety issued an alert on Friday evening warning residents to be aware of suspicious robocalls targeting the community after multiple campus departments received phone calls on numerous phones in rapid succession on Thursday.
According to campus police, the calls came from different phone numbers. The automated message was in Chinese and was an attempt to obtain money by fraudulent means from those who answered the call.
Police said to be alert if someone calls asking for personal information such as credit card or financial institution account numbers, Social Security numbers, passwords or other identifying information.
If a caller says he represents a company or agency, such as a law enforcement agency, the IRS or a financial institution and requests personal information or the transfer of money in any form, hang up and dial the phone number on your account statement or listed on the website for the company or law enforcement agency to verify the authenticity of the call and caller.
If you receive a call that is suspicious or that you believe to be an attempt to defraud, contact the police.