OSUPD warns of ‘spoofing’ requests for nude photos, money
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
The Oklahoma State University Police Department (OSUPD) is advising individuals to be aware of spoofing phone calls. Fraudulent callers are making their call appear as if it is originating from the police department’s non-emergency line, and they are claiming to be current OSUPD law enforcement officers, including Chief Leon Jones. A female is also calling from a cell phone, identifying herself as an officer and asking that number be used to call back.
The OSUPD has taken three reports this week where the caller has requested money and asks female recipients to send nude photos. The total number of fraudulent calls attempted is believed to be much higher. The OSUPD has received multiple reports from individuals whose phones show a missed call from the department’s non-emergency line.
The OSUPD will NEVER request nude photos, nor will officers demand money or ask you to verify personal information. If you receive a call that appears to be from the OSUPD but you have reason to believe the call is fraudulent, hang up. Call the OSUPD at 405-744-6523. If the call is fraudulent, file a report. Also file a complaint with the FCC Consumer Complaint Center by selecting the "phone" option and selecting "unwanted calls." The data helps the FCC track trends and supports enforcement investigations.