University of Wisconsin police are warning the campus community of a phone scam targeting international students and staff.
The UW Police Department and the Madison Police Department have gotten a number of calls over the last week from students reporting that they’ve been contacted by someone claiming to be a UWPD officer.
The caller says the person they’re calling owes taxes or a warrant has been issued for their arrest, according to a release.
Officials said the caller seems to be preying on international students and staff, sometimes threatening deportation if they don’t comply with the requests.
According to the release, the call looks like it’s coming from a local number, but is more than likely coming from overseas.
Officials said it is not necessary to call police if you receive a scam phone call, but if you feel harassed or unsafe, or if you feel you have been scammed, you can call UWPD at 608-264-2677.