Residence hall access restricted after internet scam threat

by The Dartmouth Senior Staff | 5/28/17 9:36pm

Card access to residence halls will be restricted to residents only after a student received a threatening message as part of an internet scam, according to a campus-wide alert sent Sunday evening. Hanover Police has confirmed that the email sent to the student was a scam, and the student is safe and has been offered support resources from the College, according to the alert, signed by interim Safety and Security director Keysi Montás and associate dean of residential life Mike Wooten.

Safety and Security has also increased the number of campus patrols “to provide reassurance to the community,” the campus-wide email stated. Residence hall restrictions will be in place for an undetermined amount of time "in response to heightened student concerns."

The internet scam has surfaced periodically since 2011 and identifies a party as a “target for harm unless monetary compensation is paid,” according to the email.

Students, faculty and staff can contact Safety and Security at (603) 646-4000 if they would like to be connected to the dean or counselor on call. Students can also speak with residential life staff and undergraduate advisors for support.

The scam is unrelated to, but follows a burglary at Kappa Delta Epsilon sorority on Wednesday and a reported laundry bag theft from a residence hall on Friday.

“We know this has been a difficult week,” the email stated. “Please don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it.”