Protect Yourself from Scammers and Identity Thieves
Each year, ISSS is contacted by international students who have been tricked into paying criminals hundreds or thousands of dollars after receiving threatening phone calls, emails, or social media messages. These criminals (called "scammers") are always coming up with new ways to trick people, but two common threats are that:
- The student is going to be arrested, deported, or fined due to something they did or did not do.
- The scammer has embarrassing photos or other personal information that they are going to release.
The claims made by scammers are scary, but none of it is true. They want you to feel intimidated so that you will pay them before realizing their claims are fake. That is why it is important for you to learn about potential scams NOW so you can recognize one when it is happening. Please review ISSS’s safety information and the resources listed there to learn more about scams and identity theft.