Phone scam alert from the Office of International Students & Scholars

by Simeng (Karen) Li, International Peer
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:00 PM

There is currently a surge in the number of phone scams happening. Because international students may not be familiar with U.S. government agencies, you may be vulnerable. Callers may pretend to be immigration agents or law enforcement officers. Do not be pressured by callers, stay ​calm, and protect yourself and your information. 

The Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) would like to remind you:

  • NEVER give or confirm identifying information to anyone who phones you claiming to be from a government, tax, or university office. This includes your full name, social security number, banking information, address, and other information. Protect your information.
  • NO U.S. government agency will demand immediate information over the phone or email. Legitimate agencies will contact you via a paper letter sent in the mail. If you feel pressured or threatened, trust your instincts! If you get a letter or email that might be legitimate, or might be a scam, ask OISS for help.
  • Contact OISS if you are unsure if a request is legitimate. ​They are happy to help you, and would much prefer to help you avoid a scam early on.
  • More information on recognizing and avoiding common scams here.