DePaul warns scammers are hijacking electronic payment apps near its Loop campus

CHICAGO — DePaul University is warning its community that at least three people affiliated with the school have had their electronic payment apps hijacked by street performers around its Loop campus.

The alert said victims are targeted by “people soliciting for donations to a drumming program” After handing the victim a flyer on the sidewalk, they ask for money.

When the victim agrees to donate with a cash application, the scammers either take the victim’s phone or convince them to hand it over. The school said the thief then transfers far more money than the victim intended to themselves.

The school, which is the nation’s largest Catholic university, also claimed that many solicitors are legitimate but advised caution for charitable souls: “We are always considerate of the Vincentian mission. To avoid becoming a victim of this type of scam DO NOT give your phone to someone you do not know.”

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