Jun 05, 2023  
2022-2023 International Student Handbook 
2022-2023 International Student Handbook

Scams & Fraud Targeting International Students

Scammer Tactics

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. 
  • Call to demand immediate payment for taxes or debt.

  • Threats to call the police or have you deported.

  • Deny your ability to appeal or question the payment.

  • Require specific payment through prepaid cards:

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

  • Redirect you to unsecure websites or unauthorized email and text messages.

How to Protect Yourself from Scams/Fraud

  • 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 to websites.

  • Do not open email attachments from unknown senders.

How to Report Scams/Fraud