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Posting University information online can open door to attempted fraud

July 5, 2011

Colorado State University Police remind university employees to avoid posting information online that may be inviting to people looking for ways to commit fraud.

blank checkCSUPD is asking all departments to scan their current websites for information and remove anything that could be taken advantage of by someone wanting to exploit a university account. For example, university financial account numbers should not be shared online or uploaded in PDF documents or forms, and external account numbers used for routine business also should not be posted.

Over the last several weeks, CSUPD has investigated several reports of attempted theft. While these cases are all in different departments, the common thread was that the information that people needed to try to commit a crime all came from web pages associated with CSU’s website.

Some items to look for are documents or scanned items including:

  • Shipping account numbers from FedEx or UPS (these numbers can be used by others outside of the university to ship items, some of which may be illegal).
  • Deposit slips or checks of any type (these can be manipulated graphically to look like official checks).
  • Information with business account numbers (even accounts that are for deposits only are subject to fraud attempts).

If you have questions about the kinds of documents or references to account numbers that should be removed, contact Detective Sgt. Jason Meisner at the Colorado State University Police Department, (970) 491-6425.

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009