Scammers pose as Financial Aid targeting University of Texas students

(Jackie Vega/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas students are falling prey to scammers posing as UT Financial Aid and demanding money.

An alert has been sent to students warning them to hang up immediately if they receive a phone call from financial aid requesting a money wire transfer. Some scammers are even asking students to meet with them face-to-face to pay off their dues owed to financial aid.

University of Texas police say UT employees would never ask for monetary payments from students that way.

The scammers are going the extra mile to seem authentic by sending emails to students acting as UT President Greg Fenves in addition to calling them. UTPD said the president would never personally ask for payments from students via email or by phone.

If called, students are encouraged to hang up and immediately dial 911 to report the scammers. To protect yourself from a scam, UTPD advises students restrict the information visible in the UT Directory, which is where they believe student information is being pulled from.

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