ULCA PD alert public about false representation of a police officer scheme
By Staff Writer
UCLA police are warning the public about an extortion scheme active in the Westwood area.
According to the UCLA Police Deparment (UCLA PD) beginning on September 17, multiple UCLA affiliates reported being called by someone claiming to be from campus police.
“The caller claims the student or staff member has an arrest warrant or that someone is using their identity to commit drug crimes. The caller may claim that the victim must pay a fine or they will be arrested. The caller will likely demand payment through various money transfer apps,” UCLA PD said.
According to the Department, these platforms include Zelle, Cash App, and Paypal.
These calls have been made using the UCLA Police Department phone number (310-825-1491), as the caller is “spoofing” the phone call to make it look like it is coming from the police department,” police say.
“These calls are unauthorized and are not from UCLA PD,” the Department said.