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Parking Permit Holder Fraud Awareness

Parking Permit Holder Fraud Awareness

To All Permit Holders,

The Department of Public Safety was made aware of a phone scam which was reportedly conducted on October 17, 2018. Members of the university community were contacted by a caller using a local number stating they worked for Transportation and Parking Services. The caller then indicated that the community member’s credit card was not charged a “Beautification Fee” when their parking permit transaction was processed and requested that credit card information to process this fee. The caller stated that the community member’s parking permit would be deactivated if the credit card information was not supplied.

Please be advised that no entity from the Department of Public Safety, including the Transportation and Parking Services team, would contact you to request personal information, including credit card numbers, over the phone or by any other means. If you received a call like this and provided your credit card information to the caller, you are advised to notify your credit card company immediately.

If you are a victim of a crime, whether in this case or in the future, please contact the Department of Public Safety at (208) 426-6911, in person at the Department of Public Safety substation located in Capitol Village at 2245 University Drive; or, if you wish, anonymously through Silent Witness at In case of emergency, crime in progress, or if you feel there is a threat to the University and/or its community, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

While nothing is failsafe, the Department of Public Safety would like to remind the campus community of the following safety tips and campus resources:

  • Know who you are dealing with in business transactions. Do what you can to confirm information that people give to you. Use the internet to research people, companies, offers, etc.
  • Pay the safest way, which could include PayPal or credit card. Never deposit a check and wire money back to someone.
  • If meeting someone in person to exchange goods or money, be sure to meet in a public area that is well lit.
  • Guard your personal information. Never give out your social security number, date of birth, or any other identifying information to someone you don’t know.
  • Don’t provide sensitive information such as credit card numbers by email or phone because it’s not secure.
  • Be cautious about unsolicited emails or phone calls. If you are familiar with the company or charity that sent you the email and you don’t want to receive additional messages, send a reply asking to be removed from the email list.
  • Resist pressure. Legitimate companies and charities will be happy to give you time to make a decision. It’s probably a scam if they demand that you act immediately or won’t take “No” for an answer.
  • Don’t believe promises of easy money. If someone claims that you can earn money with little or no work, get a loan or credit card even if you have bad credit, or make money on an investment with little or no risk, it’s probably a scam. Oftentimes, offers that seem too good to be true actually are too good to be true.

For a list of campus safety tips, visit:

Campus Resources:

  • You can now text tips and pictures directly to the Department of Public Safety by using the free Rave Mobile Safety App. This can even be done anonymously. To learn about the app and how to download it, visit:
  • If a campus community member you know is exhibiting distressing, disturbing, disruptive, or dangerous behavior, contact the university CARE team by calling (208) 426-1527, or fill out a CARE report online at
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