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Scams and Frauds Targeting International Students

* Beware of scams and frauds at all time. *

Scammers will identify themselves as a police officer, government official, USCIS or ICE Agent, IRS tax representative, or university official. These scammers will use threatening tactics such as dismissal from the university, deportation from the US, or pending police arrest if payment is not made immediately.

Be Alert

Review information below about common identity, tax, and immigration scams targeting international students.

Report Fraud and Scams

Use the resources below to report suspected fraud or scams. Report immediatley if you feel you are a victim of a fraud or scam.

Protect Yourself

Report all suspicious activity. Know what to do when you receive a fraudulent email, phone call, or letter in the mail.


Scammer Tactics

  • Call to demand immediate payment for taxes or debt
  • Threats to call police or have you deported
  • Deny your ability to appeal or question the payment
  • Require specific payment through prepaid cards: Example: iTunes Gift Card Scam
  • Ask for sensitive information (SSN, date of birth, address, bank or credit card number)
  • Redirecting you to an unsecure websites or unauthorized email and text message

How to Protect Yourself

  • If you suspect fraud, end the conversation immediately 
  • Never share any personal or financial information (SSN, date of birth, address, bank or credit card number)
  • Do not send money through mail or electronic transfer
  • Do not click on suspicious links or access unsecured websites
  • Do not open email attachments from unknown senders

How to Report


What to do if you get a call claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment:


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