Phone scam claims UT students are hurt, kidnapped

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HOUSTON - Some relatives of University of Texas students are getting calls asking for money, claiming that the student has been hurt or kidnapped. University officials said Monday that it's a scam.

UT police said two parents have reported getting the calls in the past month. The parents said the calls were from a person who spoke with an accent and demanded that a small amount of money be transferred into a foreign bank account, investigators said.

No students have been kidnapped, police said.

University officials said anyone who gets a call like that should remain calm and try to find the student to confirm they are OK. If they have caller ID, it's a good idea to write down the number the call is coming from.

The recipient of the call should not reveal their address or agree to a money transfer.

University officials said that the recipient of the call should not offer the caller the name of the student they are related to. If the caller cannot or will not answer that question, hang up the phone. Many times the caller will hang up when they realize the person on the other end of the phone suspects it's a scam.

Anyone who has received a call claiming that a student has been hurt or kidnapped is asked to call University of Texas police at 512-471-4441.

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