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ODU Alerts Scam

ODU Safety Alert

Old Dominion University Police have received reports of online job scams and in-person check cashing scams which have resulted in persons being defrauded of money from their personal bank accounts.

These incidents have involved individuals receiving emails from "ODU Alerts" stating "ODU IS HIRING" or individuals have been approached and asked to help a stranger to cash or deposit checks at ATMs. Neither of these are legitimate. ODU Alerts are used to share safety related information and are not used for solicitations by the University.

Campus community members are strongly encouraged to avoid responding to job postings or individuals who are seeking assistance with cashing checks, purchasing gift cards, and/or sending money using money transfer companies.

Police remind members of the ODU community to follow these safety precautions:

  • Do not participate in job soliciting emails requesting you to deposit checks into your personal bank account;
  • Do not agree to cash or deposit checks using your personal bank account for individuals you do not know;
  • If you feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and remove yourself;
  • If it sounds too good to be true, or you will receive "free money," it is very likely not a valid job or request;
  • Contact ODU Police if you have any concerns of the legitimacy of a solicitation;
  • Report suspicious activity to police by phone or anonymously via the LiveSafe mobile App (available as a free download).
  • For more information about ODU's recommended best practices for staying safe online, check out odu.edu/safecomputing

If you are a victim of a similar incident or have any information that might be helpful to this investigation, contact us at 757-683-4000 or 4516 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508.

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