Dec 01, 2023  
2021-2022 International Student Handbook 
2021-2022 International Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Scams and Fraud Targeting International Students

International students should beware of scams and fraud at all times.

Scammers will identify themselves as police officers, government officials, SEVP, USCIS, ICE agents, IRS tax representatives, or university officials. 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.

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: Gift Card Scams

  • Ask for sensitive information (SSN, date of birth, address, bank or credit card number)

  • Redirecting you to 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 the mail or electronic transfer

  • Do not click on suspicious links or unsecured access websites

  • Do not open email attachments from unknown senders

  • See Beware of ICE Imposters guide from USCIS

How to Report