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Scams targeting international students

The International Students and Scholars Center at Arizona State University wants to help you protect yourself from common scams that target international students studying in the U.S. Callers may claim that a U.S. government agency is pursuing legal action, that your degree will be canceled or that your immigration status will be revoked.

There may also be scams from callers who claim to be employees of product companies like Apple, who ask for personal information or payment over the phone.

Don’t be fooled by these scams. Watch this video to learn more about how you can identify a scam caller.

Scammers may impersonate an employee of a government agency such as the IRS, ICE, FBI, CBP, USCIS or even a U.S. Consulate. Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for tips on avoiding common scams or read DHS’s Identity Theft and Internet Scams Tip Card.

If you receive a call from an unknown person who claims to be a government official:

  • Do not give them any personal or financial information.
  • Do not give them any money, including Google Pay, iTunes or Bitcoin.
  • End the conversation immediately if threats and intimidation persist.
  • Contact the ISSC by phone or email.
  • Collect the caller’s contact information.
  • Report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Report the scam to ICE’s anonymous Homeland Security Investigations Tip Line.

U.S. government agencies will not contact you by phone or email. Most government agencies will contact you via regular mail for official communications. If you are the target of a scam, please notify the ISSC at 480-727-4776 or ISSC@asu.edu.

For more tips to avoid scams, please visit the following links: