scam noun \ ˈskam \
Definition of scam: a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation
We have heard and read reports of attempted scam phone calls and hope that by alerting you of what these are like, you can avoid an unfortunate situation. If you receive a phone call from an individual posing as a police officer or other government official, telling you that you may be in jeopardy of losing your immigration status, or you are owing taxes or threatening you in any way it is a scam – fraud -- hang up or disconnect the call and please contact our office immediately (firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-745-4857). Do not give the caller any personal information, in fact, hang up as quickly as possible. Also, please notify the WKU Police Department. Please know that we are here to assist you.
Our government officials do not call to demand payment of any fines.
For more information about common scams, please visit: https://www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams/common-scams
There have been reports of an email advertising an opening at a legitimate US company. Students have applied and been offered a position including an offer letter (with great salary and benefits) after the student completed and submitted an application questionnaire. The offer noted that the student would be responsible for their own visa process and offered to connect them with a visa consultant that could help him with the process. Messaging from the company to the student included the following text message: "Due to the ongoing infrastructural development going on at Byers Engineering Company, USA, management hereby inform public that company is currently recruiting/employing both construction, Engineering, Oil and Gas workforce. Interested candidates should send their updated Resumes/CV and Letter of Application Specifying position of interest (Attachment in MS Word Format Or PDF format) to Head of Human Resources Department."
If you are ever in doubt of a job opportunity, please feel welcome to bring the information to our office and we will help you determine if it's legitiamte or not. You can always email email@example.com and we are here to help!
There have been repots of students receiving calls from people posing as USCIS officials. It seems that they are careful to get a lot of information about students from various social media. They may know the names of your relatives and friends, they may know what kind of transportation you take, what your travel plans have been recently, anything they can gather from Facebook or Instagram. This does not prove that they are government officials. Again -- Our government officials do not call your cell phone number to demand payment of any kind.
Some of these calls are convincing and sophisticated. In some cases, they may transfer your call between various “supervisors” and “border patrol” and “attorney” or “lawyers.” They may threaten that officers are on the way to deport you. They may know the location of your apartment or house and what things are in the neighborhood close to your home. They will often fix the incoming phone number on your caller ID to match that of actual government offices. These are all tricks to convince you that they are actually USCIS or other law enforcement of government agencies. They aren’t, and you should hang up.
Scammers will commonly want you to buy gift cards to pay the fake “fine,””fee,” or “tax.” Don’t do it.
We have received reports on students receiving phone calls from what appears to be a Social Security Administration. The caller will inform you that your Social Security Number (SSN) has been compromised with credit cards and that you have to pay a "bond" to secure the account. To pay the bond, they will instruct you to purchase gift cards with a specific amount.
If you receive an anonymous call/email from a Social Security office do not give out your personal information. Social Security may contact you by phone/email but they will have your information in their records and will never ask for it. Always make sure you request a name of the person contacting you and verify them by calling your local Social Security office, or 1-800-772-1213, Social Security Account's toll-free customer service number. For more information on how to protect your Social Security, visit this link: https://oig.ssa.gov/newsroom/scam-awareness
Please feel free to contact our office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-745-4857) and with any questions or concerns you may have. We are here to help you achieve your educational goals and dreams.