Card access to residence halls at Dartmouth will be restricted to residents only after a student received a threatening message Sunday evening. The Dartmouth is reporting the message was part of an internet scam, according to a campus-wide alert sent Sunday evening. Hanover Police confirmed that the email sent to the student was a scam, and the student is safe. Safety and Security have also increased the number of campus patrols “to provide reassurance to the community,” the campus-wide email stated. Residence hall restrictions will be for an undetermined amount of time in response to heightened student concerns. The scam is unrelated but follows a burglary at Kappa Delta Epsilon sorority on Wednesday and a reported laundry bag theft from a residence hall on Friday.
The internet scam has been around since 2011 and identifies a party as a target for harm unless monetary compensation is paid, according to the email.