Christian University Warns Parents of Scam Using College Students


Campus police from a Christian University in Lynchburg, Virginia issued a warning to parents of “reports of a scam” involving the use of college students in order to collect money.

Liberty University‘s Security and Public Safety Department revealed in a post on Facebook that someone who is “claiming to be a Sergent” within the campus police department has been calling parents informing them that their “son or daughter” has been arrested.

“We have received several reports of a scam and would like our community to be aware of this,” the campus police wrote. “A person claiming to be a Sergent with the Liberty University Police Department is calling parents and advising them that their son or daughter has been arrested and payment is required for a bail bondsman.”

The phone calls to parents reportedly occurred around 2:30 a.m., adding that while the “caller or callers have used several names” the message on the calls is similar.

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“If you believe the call to be legitimately from our department, please request the officer’s name and badge number, hang up, call our dispatch,” the university said.

Founded by Jerry Falwell Sr. in 1971, Liberty University has an enrollment rate of roughly 130,000 students, with over 700 international students, according to the university website.

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