It is critical that all faculty, staff, students and visitors utilize basic personal and property safety techniques addressed in the Crime Prevention page, in addition to always being vigilant!
Past Medical Campus Crime Trends:
Off-Campus Robbery 07/30/2015
A medical student reported being robbed on Thursday, July 30, at about 11 p.m. as he walked south from the Medical Center on Northwest 10th Avenue near the Springhill Suites. Two people approached him from behind and took his cell phone. Fortunately, the student was not injured.
We reported a similar situation in the same area in 2013, and we want to take this opportunity to again encourage employees, students and visitors to take an active role in ensuring their own safety and to be aware of their surroundings at all times. The University of Miami Public Safety Department takes every precaution to ensure the safety of employees and students in buildings, parking garages, parking lots, and pedestrian areas within the Medical Center’s perimeter. However, the areas outside the boundaries of the Medical Center are not within the jurisdiction of the University’s officers, and walking to and from these areas comes with a greater degree of risk. Employees and students should avoid walking alone in these areas.
Fraudulent e-mails 01/04/2011
Watch out for fraudulent e-mails requesting personal information! Medical Center e-mail users have recently seen an increase in fraudulent e-mails. Medical Information Technology has content filtering systems in place that prevent some of these e-mails from getting through but it cannot legitimately filter all of it.
Some of the recent e-mail messages appear to originate from:
- SunTrust Bank
– U.S. Bank
– Paypal and others
These messages are requesting a “verification” of credit card and logon ID/passwords. The messages may also contain malicious code. DO NOT respond and DO NOT click on links or pictures within these e-mails! Please delete the e-mails!
These fraudulent e-mails are known as “Phishing Attacks” using spoofed (fake) e-mails and falsified websites designed to scam recipients into divulging personal and financial data such as credit card numbers, account usernames and passwords, and social security numbers. By hijacking the trusted brands of well-known companies such as those listed above, scammers are convincing recipients to give up personal information that is later used for credit card fraud, identity theft, and financial loss. To read more on “Phishing Attacks” and how to avoid similar scams, please visit the following website: http://www.antiphishing.org
Off Campus Parking Risk 01/01/2010
The University of Miami, and particularly its Public Safety Department, takes every precaution to ensure the safety and security of employees and visitors at the Medical Campus. Significant efforts are put forth to ensure your safety and well-being in buildings, parking garages, parking lots, and pedestrian areas within the medical center’s perimeter. However, employees and visitors are encouraged to take an active role in ensuring their own safety and to be aware of their surroundings at all times. For instance, walking or parking in areas outside the physical boundaries of the campus should be avoided. These areas are not within the jurisdiction of the University’s officers, and less is known about crime patterns and frequencies of patrol by City of Miami police officers. Walking to and from these areas puts you at greater risk.
Thieves pose as bank employees 02/04/2008
Keep your eyes open for a credit card scam recently identified in many southern states. People dressed in business attire and posing as Bank of America employees have been targeting college campuses, inviting staff and students to fill out credit card applications. If you fill out an application and return it to these individuals, they can use your confidential information to apply for a credit card in your name. On receiving the card, the impostors charge purchases up to the maximum credit limit, leaving the debt in your name. In some cases, they have even been known to make minimum payments to keep the card active as long as they can. If you submit an application for credit, make sure to mail it directly to the issuing institution or hand deliver the application to a local bank branch.
FBI Identifies Recurring Fraudulent E-Mail Scam 02/01/2008
The FBI has recently developed information indicating cyber criminals are attempting to once again send fraudulent e-mails to unsuspecting recipients stating that someone has filed a complaint against them or their company with the Department of Justice or another organization such as the Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, or the Better Business Bureau.
The e-mails are intended to appear as legitimate messages from the above departments, and they address the recipients by name, and other personal information may be contained within the e-mail. Consistent with previous efforts, the scam will likely be an effort to secure Personally Identifiable Information. The nature of these types of scams is to create a sense of urgency for the recipient to provide a response through clicking on a hyperlink, opening an attachment, or initiating a telephone call.
It is believed this e-mail refers to a complaint that is in the form of an attachment, which actually contains virus software designed to steal passwords from the recipient. The virus is wrapped in a screensaver file wherein most anti-virus programs are unable to detect its malicious intent. Once downloaded, the virus is designed to monitor username and password logins, and record the activity, as well as other password-type information, entered on the compromised machine.
Be wary of any e-mail received from an unknown sender. Do not open any unsolicited e-mail and do not click on any links provided. If you have received a scam e-mail please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at www.ic3.gov
Visit the FBI’s website at http://www.fbi.gov/cyberinvest/escams.htm to view other e-mail scams and sign up for e-mail alerts regarding new scams.
Identity Theft 01/01/2007
There are many different types of identity theft. Most have one thing in common — thieves take some form of your personal information like social security number, date of birth, name or a portion of it, address, maiden name, etc. They use this information to obtain credit cards, loans, property, and merchandise in your name benefiting from your credit rating.
Federal Trade Commission – The Congress of the United States asked the Federal Trade Commission to provide information to consumers about identity theft and to take complaints from those whose identities have been stolen. If you’ve been a victim of identity theft, you can call the FTC’s Identity Theft Hotline toll-free at 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338). The FTC puts your information into a secure consumer fraud database and may, in appropriate instances, share it with other law enforcement agencies and private entities, including any companies about which you may complain. The FTC, working in conjunction with other government agencies, has produced a booklet entitled ID Theft, When Bad Things Happen To Your Good Name to help you guard against and recover from identity theft.
Attorney General of Florida – The Office of the Attorney General of Florida offers a two page brochure packed with concise useful information and their website has a number of useful links at http://myfloridalegal.com/identitytheft. Victims of identity theft should review Florida’s Identity Theft Victim Kit, an all-in-one resource that provides victims with specific instructions for filing a police report and beginning to clear their names.
Purse and Jewelry Snatching 09/18/2001
On September 18th, 2001, the School of Medicine’s Department of Public Safety warned Medical School employees of three reported incidences of purses or jewelry being snatched from employees during the previous week. Employees were asked to take extra precautions and to report any suspicious behavior.
On Wednesday, September 19th the suspect believed to be the culprit was detained by University of Miami undercover Public Safety Officers and subsequently arrested by Miami Police Robbery detectives.
Although this individual was stopped quickly, employees are asked to always take extra precautions to be aware of their surroundings; to hang on securely to purses, briefcases, and bags; and to avoid wearing or displaying expensive jewelry.
Anyone who witnesses or falls victim to these type of incidences should always contact Public Safety immediately at 243-6000.
Medical Equipment Thefts 01/01/2000
Many area hospitals, including the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Miami VA Hospital have been victims of medical equipment theft. Thieves are specifically targeting endoscopes and surgical equipment. According to an FBI report in 1998, medical equipment thefts in Florida accounted for approximately $2,475,015.00 in losses.
What Locations are Thieves Targeting?
– Respiratory Therapy
– Operating Room/ Operating Room Storage
– Crash Carts
– Emergency Rooms
All employees should contact Public Safety when they observe suspicious individuals who appear to be casing the hospital in areas where they do not belong, or are making inquiries that do not seem appropriate. In addition, the individuals may be dressed as equipment company employees or medical professionals who claim to be picking up equipment for servicing or use elsewhere in the hospital.