International Students Targeted in Deportation Scam

There have been reports of international students receiving calls from people claiming to be from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS will never call and ask for money for training, products, forms, or to correct immigration records. They will not ask to verify personal information such as your social security number (SSN)/ITIN, bank accounts, or credit card details.

If you receive a call requesting your financial or personal information, do not respond and hang up the phone. USCIS will never call you to ask for any form of payment over the phone. Do NOT give payment information or personal information about yourself over the phone to anyone claiming to be a USCIS official.

What to do if you receive a call:

If the caller identifies themselves as a USCIS government official, hang up immediately. It is a scam. Government departments do not call and threaten students, request bank information, or any other personal details. Report the call to the International Center by stopping in, calling, or emailing

Helpful tip: Do not answer a call if you do not know the number/person calling. Instead, let it go to voicemail. You can always return the call if it is someone you know. If the voicemail claims to be from USCIS/Immigration/IRS, it is a scam.

More information can be found on the following websites:

Avoiding USCIS scams
Common Immigration Scams
USCIS brochure: UPIL Brochure_English