The California State University, Stanislaus Police Department is warning students of a scam purporting to offer scholarships.
The university police department was contacted recently by a student who reported receiving one of the phony scholarship calls.
The student said the caller, a man with a foreign accent, stated he was with the federal government and had a $9,000 federal grant for the student.
The man did have some personal information about the student, the university police department reported.
The man wanted the student’s bank account number and wanted her to go to a CVS store and purchase a Green Dot Money Pak card for $310 as a “security deposit.”
The student did not fall for the scam and contacted the university police department.
Associates from government entities issuing scholarships or grants will never ask for checking/savings account numbers or ask students to front their own money for a security deposit. All federal and state granted aid is administered through the campus Financial Aid Office and never via phone.
Anyone who has been contacted by one of these scammers is asked to contact UPD at 667-3114.