BEWARE! Phone Scams Targeting Internationals

Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017

It appears that there may be a resurgence of phone scams targeting international students or scholars in the U.S. The Scammers and the caller ID may identify themselves as U.S. Immigration  or FBI employees or IRS agents.  They may even alter their caller ID to appear to be coming from a legitimate government number. One recent scam reported by an international student (at another university) was told they would be deported since they did not complete the AR-11 Change of address form and advised them to pay a fine to avoid deportation.  Other scams have demanded that the individual provide or verify personally identifiable information, often by telling individuals that they are victims of identity theft, sometimes threatening action such as deportation if the person does not comply.

If you ever receive such a call, do not speak to them and hang up immediately. USCIS, IRS, or any government agency will not call you for information without first sending a notice by mail. Government officials will never threaten you or ask for payment over the phone or in an email. Do not give payment over the phone to anyone who claims to be a government employee. In general, we encourage you to protect your personal information and not to provide details about your immigration application in any public area.

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How to Report a Call from a Scammer:
If you receive a scam email or phone call, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at 1.usa.gov/1suOHSS