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University of Texas kidnapping scam under investigation

July 16, 2012 by Randy Keck

From the University of Texas Media Relations

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin Police Department, along with agents from the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force, are investigating anonymous hoax phone calls being made to parents and grandparents of students, claiming their children have been kidnapped, injured, or need medical attention.

According to Capt. Julie Gillespie, in the past month and a half, parents and grandparents of four UT Austin students have received calls from a person with an accent who demanded a small amount of money be transferred into a foreign bank account.

“It’s a scam,” said Gillespie. “No students have been kidnapped or hurt.”

Investigators are trying to determine how these individuals are getting relatives’ telephone numbers and have the following advice for family members receiving such a call:

• Remain calm and try to locate your family member. Remember, the vast majority of these calls are hoaxes. Whether done as a prank or an attempt to extort money, these individuals are trying to exploit your fears. If you have caller ID, write down the number.

• Do not tell the caller where you live or agree to any money transfer. Never provide information about you or your family (including the name of the individual allegedly kidnapped, injured, etc.).

• Ask to speak to your family member to confirm his/her identity. This foils the majority of these calls because the virtual kidnapper only has the upper hand as long as you believe that he/she really has your loved one. Don’t be afraid to challenge them by asking “What is my child’s name?”
If the caller cannot or will not answer, hang up (many will hang up at the first sign of stubbornness).
If you or your family has been a victim of this scam, please contact local authorities and UTPD at 512-471-4441.

Sports Calendar

Wednesday, September 17

  • Aledo Middle School JHG, JHB at Lipan Meet, 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, September 18

  • AHS JV at Crowley, 4:00 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Weatherford Hall, Weatherford 9th grade center

  • Aledo Middle School at Granbury Acton MS;
    7,8 C - 5:00;
    7,8 B - 6:00;
    7,8 A - 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are subject to change. The lengths of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JH at Harvest Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 19

  • AHS Varsity Boys Black at Bart Granger Memorial, Pecan Valley GC through Sept. 20

  • AHS at Cleburne;
    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.;
    JV, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JV vs. CHANT - Christian Homeschool Athletes of North Texas at Aledo Middle School, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy Varsity vs. Harvest Christian Academy at Aledo Middle School, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 20

  • Aledo Middle School, A Team Tournament at Weatherford Hall, times TBD

  • AHS 9th A and 9th B at Keller Central 9th grade Tournament, times TBA

  • AHS at Marcus II Invitational, Westlake Park in Hickory Creek, Texas 75065, 7:30 a.m.

Monday, September 22

  • Week of Sept. 22, Aledo Middle School at Burleson Hughes

Tuesday, September 23

  • AHS Varsity at Burleson, 3:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Granbury Acton MS;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

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