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Last Updated November 12, 2015

November 6, 2015 - CSUPD Warning Regarding Phone Scams

Several phone scams have recently been reported across Northern Colorado. Some of these scams appear to target students and employees, and we want to provide you with information that may help you recognize when a call is not legitimate.

Technology allows scam callers to "spoof" caller ID technology so that it appears that a scam call is from an official phone number, such as Colorado State University Police Department, the FBI, IRS or another location that appears to be credible.

These callers may use the university's online directory information and other findable information, such as social media accounts, to gather information about the students and employees the call to lend credibility to their scam. This can give the impression to the recipient of the call that the scam caller has access to private information, including university data. The university is on constant alert against compromises of the university's data, and is unaware of any data breaches.

The university does not list student phone numbers as part of the public online directory, but other information about students is available, such as a student's major. Employee information in the online directory includes department information and direct phone numbers.

These callers use a variety of threats to extort money from the person they reach, such as asserting that the student or employee may be facing an arrest or removal from the university for outstanding fines, bill or taxes. The caller will often reference liens, court dates, wage garnishments, jail time, and, for international students, deportation.


Important tips from CSUPD

  • Virtually all attempts over the phone to solicit payment via PayPal, Western union or MoneyGram are fraudulent.
  • Do not share sensitive, personal or financial information over the phone, even if the caller sounds legitimate and the information they are sharing is accurate. People who perpetuate phone scams go through extensive steps to make themselves look legitimate, so information from the caller or information on a website that is or appears to be affiliated with a business or agency that they claim to represent may not be truthful.
  • Protect your passwords and online identity, including your passwords to university information.
  • Set privacy settings on social media to prevent people you do not know from viewing your information. Do not accept requests to connect over social media with people you don’t know.
  • If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from a law enforcement agency who is demanding money, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency to verify the information.
  • If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the IRS or a government office, hang up and contact that office to verify legitimacy. Report these calls to the Federal Trade Commission ( or, if the call involves accusations regarding taxes and IRS affiliations, report the call to the US Treasury Inspector General (
  • If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from a university office who is demanding money, hang up and call the university to verify that information.
  • If you have been a victim of recent fraud by providing financial information to a caller, please call CSUPD at 970-491-6425. For more information about phone scams, visit

For more information about the university’s online directory, including how to remove information, visit

Emergency Communications at CSU

The Colorado State University homepage,, will be updated with emergency information as needed.

The University Safety site,, is the primary repository for health and safety information related to incidents on and near campus.


Campus-wide email may be used to communicate emergency information and critical updates to students, faculty and staff.

Social media

CSU’s social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter, also may be used to share emergency information or campus closure.


The University’s online newsletter, SOURCE, is a resource for information about university closures, such as a snow day.

CSU Police 911 Center

All campus calls to 911 are routed to CSUPD dispatch. Additionally, the center utilizes a community notification system that allows the University to call specific land-based phones in a targeted area.

University status number

Call 970-491-7669 to get the latest information about University operations and emergency closures, such as during severe weather.

Text message alerts

  • The CSU Emergency Text Alert System is used to send text alerts in the event of an emergency on the Fort Collins campus. The system is only used during an immediate, ongoing safety emergency or unexpected closing of the campus, such as a snow day. [more information]
  • The Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority allows you to receive alerts about off-campus emergencies and other important community news via your home, cell, or business phone, email, text messages, hearing impaired receiving devices, and more. [more information]

Emergency Broadcast System

Local cable and broadcast stations may be interrupted with emergency notifications.

Local and regional media outlets

Many media outlets list school closures, such as snow days, and also provide information during an emergency or regarding a university closure.

Fort Collins & Denver Media Outlets

  • Radio stations broadcasting emergency/closure information: 530-AM, KOA-AM (850), KCSU-FM (90.5), KUNC-FM (91.5), KTCL-FM (93.3), KGLL-FM (96.1) or KPAW-FM (107.9)
  • Television stations broadcasting emergency/closure information: News 7 on KMGH-ABC, Fox 31 News on KDVR-FOX, 9 News on KUSA-NBC, and News 4 on KCNC-CBS.
  • Newspapers reporting emergency/closure information online: Coloradoan and Denver Post.