There is an increasing number of phone and email scams affecting international students. The Department Homeland Security has seen an uptick in housing and rental scams where international students transfer money before they start their program to a fraudulent realtor or landlord, scamming the victims out of hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Other reported scams involve phone calls from alleged government representatives demanding personal information and money with threats of deportation from the United States.
Never give personal information by phone or email to someone you do not know.
Please refer to the links below for helpful resources to educate yourself on protecting your identity and information.
J-1 students: If you are the victim of a scam, please report the incident to Dr. George Hillman immediately. DTS is required to report such information to the United States government for J-1 visa students.