Scammers targeting U students again
Alta Sustainability Leadership Award recipients
Bennion Center names new associate director
UCard desgin contest ends
Student Media application deadline extended to April 25
The Salt Lake City Field Office of the FBI is again warning students to be on alert for a phone scam that spoofs the FBI’s phone number on the victim’s caller ID. A similar warning went out to students a couple of months ago about these same phone scammers targeting University of Utah students.
The FBI has received multiple calls from U students and their parents complaining of someone who claims to be representing the U.S. government or IRS and threatens to arrest them if they fail to pay thousands of dollars.
There have been reports of similar scams at universities in other states and in each case, the threats are associated with false claims ranging from money owed for student loans to delinquent taxes and overdue parking tickets.
It is not uncommon for scammers to obtain personal information such as names, personal cellphone numbers and emails from social media sites. Students should know that the FBI will not call private citizens requesting money. The caller will likely address you by name, but do not give out personal information to any unknown callers.
The number the scammers are using is masked as the number for a local FBI office in Utah. In some cases, the fraudsters will direct students online, claiming they can “verify” the caller ID phone number in an attempt to keep victims on the phone and legitimize the scam.
If you receive a call that seems suspicious, you should disconnect immediately and notify your local law enforcement.
Don’t let yourself fall prey to the scammers. If you receive these calls, do not follow the caller’s instructions. Rather, you should:
- Notify your banking institutions.
- Contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file.
- Contact local law enforcement agencies if you feel you are in immediate danger.
- File a complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov.
Maura Olivos, the sustainability coordinator at the Alta Environmental Center, said, “Alta recognizes, ‘it is not easy being green.’ It takes more than passion and smarts to be a leader and maintain effort or progress. Leadership requires honesty, dedication, empathy, courage, communication and a shared vision. If we don’t take the time to appreciate those that have stood out from the pack and displayed these qualities, leaders may be lost before they are found. Alta Ski Area realizes we must encourage our future leaders, because we need them.”
Those awarded this year include: Professor Brian Codding, an assistant professor in the Anthropology Department, Professor Carol M. Werner, a professor in the Psychology Department, Dr. Amanda Smith, an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering, Robin Rothfeder, a PhD student in City and Metropolitan Planning, Benjamin Fasoli, a graduate student in Atmospheric Sciences and the S.J. Quinney College of Law was given special recognition.
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Kanter spent the last 10 years working as the director of program services for Special Olympics Utah. Prior to that, she served as the director of competition and training for Special Olympics Wyoming.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Kanter holds a master of arts from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She completed an undergraduate degree in history and psychology at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, where she played on the women’s soccer and track and field teams.
“I am committed to supporting underserved and underrepresented populations and ensuring University of Utah students find ways to meaningfully impact areas that are of interest to them,” Kanter says. She believes her experience in program development will be especially valuable as she mentors Bennion Center student leaders.
In her free time, Kanter enjoys running, cycling and spending time with her family, her dogs and her friends.
UCard will sponsor a contest to determine the card’s new design. The contest runs April 4-18 and is open to all students, alumni, faculty, staff and fans who are 18 years of age or older. The top 10 submissions will be selected by a university committee and then presented to the public for a vote. The winner will be selected on April 29.
In addition to seeing their design on the UCard, the first-place winner will also receive an iPad. The second-place winner will receive a $200 gift card from the University of Utah Campus Store and the third-place winner will receive a $100 Campus Store gift card.
Participants may submit their designs online at ucardcontest.com. After the submission period has closed, watch for updates in @TheU, the Aux News, various campus social media outlets and the university homepage to make sure your vote is counted.
For more information, contact the UCard office at 801-581-CARD.
The council oversees a student fee that helps support the Student Media department, and runs The Daily Utah Chronicle, K-UTE, DigitalU, University Media Sales and Student Media Marketing. By becoming a student member of the Student Media Council, students can play an active role in helping administer this student fee. Student voices are also vital in helping establish how Student Media grows and develops and best serves the campus community. The council is currently looking to fill multiple vacant student position.
To apply and for more information, click here.
The deadline is April 25 by 5 p.m.