St. John’s University students have reported being recently contacted on their cell phones via text messages from person(s) pretending to be members of the campus community. In each incident, the student was asked which mobile payment app (e.g., CashApp, Venmo, etc.) they have and then to provide access to the app.
The Department of Public Safety urges you to not use a mobile payment app or give access to these apps when dealing with someone you do not recognize. Do not click on a phone number in a text message to make contact with someone. Use a contact number directly from your contact list that you trust.
Remember that phone numbers can be masked. For example, look closely at the number 1 in each of the following phone numbers: 347-555-1234 is not the same as 347-555-I234.
Contact Public Safety immediately at 718-990-5252 if you have been the victim of a scam.
Other common scams include the following:
Public Safety reminds the University community to never provide personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited. Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason. Never wire money, or provide debit, credit card, or gift card numbers to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.