Scammers are targeting international students in Southern California. They are posing as agents of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), travel companies, apartment leasing companies, and immigration agencies – such as the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and U.S. Embassies abroad.
Never provide personal information or money to anyone who has contacted you by phone, email or the Internet claiming you have violated your immigration status and must transfer money through Western Union, or other companies, in order to rectify your immigration status. If you are contacted by such persons, do not reveal any personal information. Ask for their contact information, and report the incident to the USC Department of Public Safety and OIS immediately.
Check out the USC Department of Public Safety website for more tips on how to stay safe.
Be Alert and Safe!