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Campus Safety Notices

Public Safety Advisory - Fraud Scams

06/11/2015 3:30PM

Th​e Department of Public Safety was alerted to recent incidents occurring in the University City area where the victims were targets of a scam involving the use of an automatic teller machine to withdraw cash.

On Wednesday, 6/3/15, a complainant was approached by two unknown black males outside the URBN Center located at 3501 Market Street and asked to hold $2,000 in cash for them wrapped in a red bandanna. The perpetrators also convinced the victim to go to Sunoco at 22nd and Walnut St. to take out $200 from an ATM. The victim then opened the bandanna to find his money missing and only folded up and cut grocery coupons.

The both suspects were described as black males, approximately 6’ tall, dark complexion, and short hair. One suspect was approximately 50 years of age and the other approximately 30 years of age with a short full beard.

On Tuesday, 6/9/15, at approximately 12:30 p.m. a complainant was approached by an unknown black male on the corner of 35th and Baring Sts. The male spoke with an African accent and asked the complainant if he could point him in the direction of the Tristone Immigrant House. The male said that he was here from South Africa and claiming an inheritance. The male said that he would give the victim a $7,000 portion of his inheritance for help. During the conversation a second male came up and joined the conversation. The complainant went to TD bank and withdrew $1,800 of his own money and gave it to one of the males in exchange for a red bandanna, that the victim believed contained $7,000. The two men walked away and the bandanna contained only torn pieces of newspaper.

The first suspect was described as a black male in his late 50's to early 60s, 5'10"- 5'11" tall, with short cropped hair, short scruffy beard wearing a brown striped polo shirt, brown pants and black shoes. The second male was described as black in his mid 30's, 5'6"- 5'8" tall, clean shaven, short cropped hair, heavy set wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans.


If approached by an individual on the street who engages you about money do not engage them in any prolonged conversation.


Never share with strangers that you have cash, credit cards, an ATM card or show them any personal identification or property.


If you are approached in a similar situation, contact the Department of Public Safety Communication Center at 215.895.2222 or call 911.​​​​​​