The International Students and Scholars Center at ASU wants to help you protect yourself from common scams targeting international students.
Tips to remember:
- Never divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.
- Student and Exchange Visitor Program officials will never ask you to provide credit, debit or gift card numbers; wire transfers or bank routing numbers; or to make bitcoin deposits for any purpose.
- Report all suspicious calls to the Homeland Security Investigations tip line. If you are unsure about the validity of a call from SEVP officials, reach out to the ISSC for further information.
- If you have been the victim of a scam, you should contact ASU Police immediately at 480-965-3456.
DC for OPT students Please see these common scams that target international students seeking employment opportunities or who are currently on Optional Practical Training work authorization. Students are receiving fraudulent offers regarding employment positions that turn out to be illegitimate. Don’t be fooled by these scams.
Please remember that scammers often send emails with many typos and grammatical errors. They often offer to hire you without an interview or pay you before you’ve done any work. None of these are behaviors of a reputable business.
What to do if you receive an email or phone call from an unknown person who claims to be an employer:
- Do not give them any personal or financial information.
- Do not give them any money, including through Google Pay, iTunes gift cards or bitcoin.
- Do not accept money for an offer such as buying home office supplies or gift cards.
- End the conversation immediately if threats and intimidation persist.
- Contact the ISSC by phone or email.
- Collect the emailer’s or caller’s contact information.
- Report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission.
- Report the scam to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s anonymous Homeland Security Investigations tip line.
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For more tips to avoid scams, please visit the following links:
- Scam alert: Employment scams target college students.
- Social Security number scams.
- Homeland Security tip card.
- Study in the states.
- Federal Trade Commission.
- U.S. News & World Report: What international students should know about scams.
- Newsweek: U.S. scammers threaten international students with deportation.