Published: Sept. 1, 2018

Scams are unfortunately becoming increasingly sophisticated and common in the United States. Please be aware of scammers posing as government/immigration/law enforcement officials requesting payment or personal information. Some scammers will manipulate caller ID technology so that it appears they are calling from a legitimate office or agency (e.g., FBI, IRS, USCIS, DHS, ICE, police). Scammers may also use personal information they legally or illegally obtained about students to scare individuals into providing immediate payment or information. Everyone should be careful about what personal information they share on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn etc.). 
In many instances, scammers will:

  • Claim they are from a U.S. agency or law enforcement.
  • Provide some pieces of your directory or confidential information (e.g., passport number, SSN, employer) to try to convince you they are legitimate Identify false problems with your immigration record, work authorization, taxes etc.
  • Threaten deportation or arrest.
  • Tell you not to tell anyone since you have a legal issue.
  • Ask for an immediate payment to correct the issue.
  • Encourage you not to get off the phone until the payment has been received.

If you receive a threatening call or message from someone claiming to be a government or law enforcement official:

  • Do not give the person any personal or financial information. 
  • Try to collect contact information from the caller. 
  • End the conversation immediately if threats and intimidation persist. 
  • Contact ISSS and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Tip Line

Reporting Scams
In addition to reporting a scam to the local police department and our ISSS office, you can also report a scam to the following offices:

If you are the target of a scam, you may want to contact the following on-campus offices to seek additional support or assistance:

Additional Resources