The Grand Junction Police Department (GJPD) has issued a warning about a scam that is targeting Colorado Mesa University (CMU) athletes and their families. The scammers are using scare tactics and spreading false information to extort money from the victims.
How the scam works
According to the GJPD, the scammers are contacting the families of CMU athletes, claiming that their child has been detained and needs money for release or bail. The scammers are using spoofed phone numbers and fake names to make their calls seem legitimate. They are also using details about the athletes, such as their names, sports, and schedules, to make their stories more convincing.
The scammers are demanding the victims to send money through various methods, such as wire transfers, gift cards, or cryptocurrency. They are also threatening the victims with legal consequences or harm to their child if they do not comply or contact the authorities.
How to protect yourself and your family
The GJPD advises the public to be alert and cautious of any unsolicited calls or messages that ask for personal or financial information, or demand immediate payment. The GJPD also urges the public to verify the identity and credibility of the caller before taking any action.
If you receive a call or message from someone claiming to be a law enforcement officer, a CMU official, or a relative of a CMU athlete, do not give them any information or money. Instead, hang up and contact the GJPD, the CMU Public Safety Department, or the CMU Athletics Department to confirm the situation.
If you have already fallen victim to this scam, report it to the GJPD or the Federal Trade Commission as soon as possible. You may also contact your bank or credit card company to stop or reverse any transactions you have made.
How to support CMU athletes and their families
The CMU Athletics Department has expressed its concern and support for the CMU athletes and their families who have been targeted by this scam. The department has also provided resources and guidance to help them deal with this situation.
The CMU Athletics Department encourages the public to show their solidarity and appreciation for the CMU athletes and their families by following their social media accounts, attending their games and events, and donating to their programs and scholarships.
The CMU Athletics Department also reminds the public to be respectful and mindful of the privacy and safety of the CMU athletes and their families, and to refrain from sharing any personal or sensitive information about them online or offline.