Scams Targeting International Students

Sophisticated scams have surfaced targeting international students and scholars. Usually through a pressure phone call, the scammers have personal details, including some or all of your I-94 card number. Victims are told they will be deported or have to depart the US unless they wire large sums of money immediately (or within several hours).

Be aware of several things: 

  • The U.S. government will not call your personal number (even though the source phone number may be a USCIS number, it has been co-opted by the scammers); 
  • You will never be asked to wire money immediately; and 
  • You should always be allowed to verify the authenticity of a federal agent.

If you discover a scam or think you have been scammed, report it to the USCIS

If you have any other questions, please contact Lucy Dawson via email at or by phone at 325-674-2237.

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