Spoofing Scam Alert - Occurring At Other UNC Campuses
Over the last several days, students at other UNC Campuses have been receiving telephone calls from callers claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), local Police Departments, or Sheriff’s offices. The callers tell the students they owe money for various reasons. The callers are spoofing the telephone numbers of the agencies to make the call seem more legitimate. If the student hangs up, the caller calls back almost immediately and spoofs 911.
There are three parts to the “signature” of these attacks:
- The victim receives a telephone call with a spoofed caller ID to make it appear to be from either the IRS (they often spoof the “1040 hotline”), a law enforcement agency geographically close to the potential victim’s location, or 911, the emergency contact number used in the United States.
- The victim will be told that they have committed a crime, which may include running a red light and being caught by a traffic camera, failing to appear for Jury Duty, failing to pay your taxes or failing to pay them on time, or, if an international person, having a problem with immigration paperwork.
- The victim will be instructed to send a payment immediately, with amounts ranging from $500 to $2,500, and threatened with immediate arrest if they fail to comply.
This is a known scam and alerts have been issued by the FBI to the public. No law enforcement agency will ever require a payment over the phone. If you receive this type of call, tell the caller that you know that this is a scam and that you are contacting police. Hang up and do not answer return phone calls.
If you would like to learn more about the scam, please refer to the Federal Trade Commission here http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/can-you-spot-government-imposter, or the Treasury Inspector General here http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/press/press_tigta-2014-03.htm.
If you wish to report the call, please file a complaint through the Federal Trade Commission at http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml and submit the required information.
If you have already been the victim of this scam and paid money or if you have other information, please go to our online reporting page http://campuspolice.ehps.ncsu.edu/forms/ or contact the NCSU Police at 919-515-3000.
Monitor Health if Returning from Africa
As the campus community begins to welcome everyone back for the start of the fall semester, has developed recommendations that apply to the few students, staff and faculty who are returning from regions of West Africa affected by the outbreak of the Ebola virus.
Students, staff and faculty returning from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone who have had no contact with persons or animals that display symptoms of infection with Ebola should monitor their health for 10 days. Those with potential exposure to the blood or other bodily fluids of a symptomatic person or animal should contact Student Health Services at 919-515-2563 for instructions on how to monitor their health for 21 days.
Students, faculty and staff returning from the affected region who display fever or any of the other flu-like symptoms associated with Ebola should call Student Health Services at 919-515-2563 regarding evaluation before returning to the university. Symptoms of Ebola infection include fever, headache, joint and muscle soreness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and weakness.
“The Ebola virus spreads through direct contact with the blood and/or body fluids of an infected person,” said Medical Director Letitia Hazel. “The incubation period is usually eight to 10 days, but symptoms may appear up to 21 days following exposure. The virus is not transmissible during that time or before the onset of fever. Ebola is not spread through the air, like flu or other respiratory viruses. Therefore, it is extremely unlikely that someone would become infected while traveling on a plane.”
Student Health Services and Environmental Health and Public Safety are closely monitoring communications from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, N.C Department of Health and Human Services and Wake County Human Services/Public Health and will inform the campus community when new information about Ebola becomes available.
NCSU PD Press Release
The NCSU Police Department has charged Curtis Louis Sangster, 44, of Durham, NC, in the incidents which prompted campus crime alerts last weekend. NCSU PD Investigators charged Sangster with one (1) count of Felony Breaking or Entering, two (2) counts of First Degree Burglary, two (2) counts of Attempted First Degree Burglary, and four (4) counts of Felony Larceny, all related to the weekend incidents. The warrants were served by Durham Police just before one o’clock today, August 22. Sangster is being held on a one million dollar secured bond.
Crime Alerts were sent on Saturday, August 17, 2014 when a male later identified as Sangster entered an unlocked, occupied room at the NC State Avent Ferry Complex another unlocked, occupied residence at Syme Hall. In both incidents wallets were taken but no one was injured.
Surveillance Camera photos are still available at the NCSU Police Department website at: http://campuspolice.ehps.ncsu.edu/news/crime-alerts/
Anyone who still has information about these incidents is asked to call the NCSU Police Department at 919-515-3000.
The campus community is always encouraged to take the following safety steps to keep themselves safe:
- Keep your doors and windows locked even when you are at home
- Hide and secure your valuables and do not leave them out in the open
- Report suspicious activities or crimes on campus by calling 911 or 919-515-3000
LAW and ORDER Magazine 2014 Police Vehicle Design Grand Prize WINNER!
The NC State University Police Department is very proud to represent our school, community, students, faculty and staff. When we designed the graphic images we present on our marked vehicles, we try to keep in mind the symbols and great heritage that we strive to serve and protect. Our patch features the Belltower and we display it on our vehicles, along with the Block "S" logo, and the familiar "Univers" typeset on the red brick logo.
Lt. William Peebles, who moonlights as our department photographer, snapped several pictures of one of our Dodge Chargers (which we always thought were really sharp!) And submitted them to the Law and Order Magazine Police Vehicle Design Contest. We are proud to announce that our Charger was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner of the contest! Please follow the link below for the Law and Order Magazine's webpage detailing the contest as well as pictures and descriptions of winners in other categories.
UNC Campus Security Initiative Releases Final Report and Recommendations
Chapel Hill — The UNC Campus Security Initiative issued a final report on July 31, 2014 offering a comprehensive review and recommendations for improving safety and security across the 17-campus University of North Carolina System. In a time of growing concern and increasing regulation of safety issues on college campuses, the UNC system has undertaken a detailed, clear-eyed analysis of what UNC campuses do well, what the law requires, and how the University can do better.
Launched last fall by UNC President Tom Ross, the Initiative brought together vice chancellors, law enforcement personnel, counselors, faculty, students, and others from across the UNC system to explore the complex issues surrounding sexual assault and other violent crimes, campus security, and crime reporting. Co-chaired by NC State University Chancellor Randy Woodson and North Carolina A&T State University Chancellor Harold Martin, Initiative work groups drew on expertise from every level of the UNC system, as well as outside specialists. Taking a uniquely broad look at safety issues, the Initiative sought to identify and better understand what it takes to make UNC campus communities more secure.
Initiative members also coordinated with staff from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s office on the shared goal of addressing alcohol and substance abuse. Several UNC campuses will continue this work as part of a pilot program that emphasizes prevention and treatment. University representatives will also serve on the Governor's Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force.
Spanning 17 campuses from dorm rooms to board rooms, the UNC Campus Security Initiative offers a model for grappling with increased responsibilities for student, faculty, and staff safety. The Initiative’s 26 findings and 36 recommendations focus on opportunities for greater collaboration and resource-sharing—a way for campuses to meet rising expectations in an era of constrained budgets. By taking a University-wide approach—shared training programs, compliance assistance, and system-wide policies addressing critical issues—UNC can strengthen the good work already underway on each campus.
“This effort is a shining example of effective collaboration,” says Gina Maisto Smith, a nationally recognized expert on campus safety regulation and a partner with Pepper Hamilton, LLP. “This Initiative reflects a holistic approach to campus safety, weaving together the many challenges and issues that impact students and communities. At every level, the Initiative maps out responses that are compliant with the law, consistent with the University’s educational values and informed by the dynamics of interpersonal and sexual violence and their impact on individuals and communities.”
Key recommendations address:
‣ Adopting a University-wide policy and informed practices to help prevent sexual violence and guarantee professional, compassionate responses when incidents of sexual assault do occur.
‣ Offering system-level guidance on legal compliance and training.
‣ Setting standards for disciplinary proceedings on every campus that are clear, prompt, and fair. In cases involving sexual assault and other violent offenses, ensuring student well-being by staffing disciplinary panels with trained and experienced personnel, rather than students.
‣ Combating a culture of alcohol abuse that inflicts lasting harm on students, undermines the educational mission of the University, and threatens the safety of campus communities. This is crucial in preventing safety threats and working to end interpersonal violence on campus.
‣ Acknowledging the increased expectations—and accompanying legal mandates—that campuses face with respect to student safety, and identifying the considerable resources needed to meet them.
“The recommendations are in line with the letter and spirit of the law, and clearly designed to enhance the training and education level of the campus community,” says Steven Healy, managing partner for campus safety specialists Margolis Healy & Associates. “The recommendations are also practical, particularly for a large campus system such as UNC.”
UNC campuses are currently well-protected, and the overall crime rate on every campus is well below the statewide average. This is a credit to the dedication and professionalism of campus officials, and the Initiative’s recommendations seek to build on existing efforts with better coordination, clearer policies, and the best resources available.
“Having spent 17 years on the bench as a superior court judge, I know that we cannot completely insulate our campuses and our students from the violence that is pervasive in our larger society” said UNC President Ross. “I also know first-hand the importance of working to prevent crime and respond to violent threats. It’s not easy, and there is no such thing as absolute safety. But this report gives us a clearer understanding of our responsibilities and what it will take to meet them.”
The full UNC Campus Security Initiative report is available at northcarolina.edu/campus-security-initiative.
You can also find summary documents and a full version of the report in .pdf form at our Documents and Brochures page.
Coffee with a Cop
Recently the NC State University Police Department started participating in the Coffee with a Cop program. It’s a simple concept, police and community members come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. Our first event on campus was held at the College of Textiles Port City Java. It was an excellent opportunity for our officers to get to know some community members, share in some conversation, and hopefully exchange some ideas about ways to make our community better and safer.
Below are a few photos from the College of Textiles event, Police Officer Libby Fitzpatrick and Lt. William Davis each met several people in the hour they were present and in all spoke with 18 student, faculty and staff members. We would like to thank all that took the time to speak with us that day.
There is a second Coffee with a Cop event tentatively scheduled for Friday August 1, details will be posted here and to our Facebook and Twitter pages with firm details as they become available. We hope to see you there!
Retirement of Master Officer Hugh Fitzpatrick
|Chief Jack Moorman and Hugh Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick is presented his badge on a plaque
Thanks for your hard work and dedication Fitz!
On Friday, February 28, 2014, the NC State University Police Department celebrated the retirement of Master Officer Hugh Fitzpatrick. Prior to being hired by the NCSU Police Department in 2004, Master Officer Fitzpatrick had retired as a Sergeant with the Durham Police Department.
Upon starting at the NCSU Police Department, Master Officer Fitzpatrick worked as patrol officer, receiving numerous commendations for his work. In 2005, he was named NCSU Police Employee of the year and in 2006, he was the recipient of a Pride of the Wolfpack Award for his proactive efforts to reduce crime in the DH Hill Library.
In 2009, Master Officer Fitzpatrick joined the NCSU Police Mounted Patrol Unit. He continued in this position, making many positive connections with the community until his retirement.
The NCSU Police Department thanks Master Officer Hugh Fitzpatrick for his years of service and his many notable contributions to the Department. We also wish him the best with his well-deserved retirement.
4224 Kaplan Dr, Raleigh
Charges: Robbery, Carry a Concealed Weapon, and Trespassing
4224 Kaplan Dr, Raleigh
718 Atwater St., Raleigh
Charges: Robbery, Assault, and Trespassing
Wake County CIT Awards
L to R: Major Frank Brinkley (Department CIT Coordinator), Police Officer Eva Telles, Police Officer Jeanne Miller, Chief Jack Moorman, Major David Kelly.
NCSUPD and Wake County CIT Officer of the Year
NCSUPD CIT Officer of the Year