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June 22, 2005

Scam Alert

A subscriber to the Campus Watch received an e-mail from an official looking website claiming to be the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). The e-mail encourages one to click on a link to update their account information. The link then would ask for credit account information including the name on your credit card, card type, confirmation number, card expiration date and account numbers. This is a scam known as "phishing" and you should never enter your bank or credit account information on a website when asked to do so by an unsolicited e-mail. If you receive this e-mail, or another like it, simply delete it from your e-mail inbox.

Colorado Apartments, 2501 Lake Austin Blvd.

Occurred on 6-20-05 at 9:00 p.m.

Failure to Identify: While conducting a follow-up investigation pertaining to a subject who was stopped for soliciting money for a prescription medication for his "sick child" a UT police officer determined that the subject had provided a fictitious name and date of birth.

Experimental Science Building, 100 East 24th Street

Occurred between 6-20-05 at 9:00 a.m. and 6-21-05 at 7:15 a.m.

Criminal Mischief: Pieces of a wooden toothpick and metal staples were placed inside the keyhole to a door lock on a 1st floor office door. Repair cost: $20.00.

200 East Jester Circle Drive

Occurred on 6-22-05 at 2:30 a.m.

Driving Under the Influence by a Minor: A UT student, who was under the age of 21, was stopped for running a stop sign while driving a red BMW. The student was found to have consumed an alcoholic beverage, but was not intoxicated to the point she was driving while intoxicated.

2000 Speedway

Occurred on 6-22-05 at 3:15 a.m.

Driving While Intoxicated: A UT student, who was under the age of 21, was stopped for running a stop sign while driving a 2002 Jeep sport utility vehicle. The student was found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point she was driving while intoxicated. The student stated she knew she had been drinking and didn't think she could drive safely, but she needed to drive her three friends to their home. The three friends who had been in the vehicle made other arrangements to get home.

Union Building, #4 West Mall

Occurred on 6-20-05 at 11:15 p.m.

Disorderly Conduct: Two unidentified male subjects ran through the 1st floor recreation room in a manner intended to draw the attention of the three staff members in the area. The two subjects were reported as saying nothing but did "giggle" while they ran. The two subjects were described as white male subjects in their 20s. One subject was 5'8" tall, approximately 140 pounds with brown hair. The other subject was 5'10" tall, 170 pounds with brown hair. Both subjects were last seen wearing nothing.

Union Building, #4 West Mall

Occurred between 6-18-05 at 3:00 a.m. and 6-21-05 at 7:08 p.m.

Graffiti: A black permanent marker was used to write a word on two arcade games and a piece of furniture located inside the 1st floor game room. An unknown object was used to carve the same word in a wooden door to the game room. Repair cost: $150.00.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Noncriminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, UTPD responded to 7 alarm calls, 4 unsecured doors, 3 public assist requests, 3 suspicious activity reports, 1 accidental fire and 1 collision between 6-21-05 and 6-22-05.

Safety Tip

The accidental fire listed above was the result of a discarded cigarette being placed in a trash can. Summertime in Austin is frequently dry and hot. Help prevent fires by making sure your cigarette is completely extinguished before you dispose of it in a trashcan or ashtray. "Flicking" a lit cigarette butt in the grass or down a storm drain can ignite dry grass, leaves, trash and debris.