B.U. Students Fall Prey To On-Line Gift Card Scam

by Nancy Shack, WBZ NewsRadio1030

BOSTON, MA (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston University police say students are being victimized by an on-line scam to the tune of thousands of dollars. According to the Boston Globe , campus police are warning students about a scheme that promises to e-mail them thousands in gift cards in exchange for a job application or protection from identity theft.

So far five students have been approached by the on-line scam. They report being contacted by a con man named Manuel Ortiz @ Darrell Engineering and receiving checks between $2,200 and $2,400 that they are told to e-mail all but $200 back in the form of gift cards. The checks are fraudulent.

According to police, two of the students followed through with Sephora gift cards totaling thousands of dollars. Two other students became suspicious and did not send the gift card codes.

A fifth student got an e-mail telling her she was a victim of identity theft and to contact Brandon Jones from “FTC” , who authorities say was a fake posing as a government official. That student sent back thousands in Apple gift cards.

The alert from B.U. reads “No legitimate business will require this type of transaction and you should discontinue correspondence at once.

Police are investigating and are asking anyone with information about the rip-off to text an anonymous tip to 847411 or call 617-353-2121.

 

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