Always be cautious about the information you give to someone over the phone! An international student recently reported a possible scam. There have been other reports around the country of the same type of call. Be on the alert!
According to reports, the caller will state that he is from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and indicate that there is some discrepancy in USCIS records. Additionally, the caller will ask for confirmation of data, such as an I-94 number, an “A” number, or a visa control number. The caller will then tell the individual that there is a penalty for not clearing up the discrepancy, and that the individual is to send a sum of money via Western Union, to an address the caller provides.
If you’re ever reached by phone from someone claiming to be with a US government agency, always get a phone number where you can call the individual back. Never give out your personal information over the phone, including your passport information, Social Security number, and bank account information.
Things to remember:
• USCIS will not contact you via phone to request information from you.
• Never give your personal information over the phone.
• If in doubt, contact International Student & Scholar Services to help determine whether the call is legitimate before giving out any information.