Protect Yourself Against Scams

The U.S. Department of State has seen increased housing and rental scams in which international students and exchange visitors transfer money before they start their program to a fraudulent realtor or landlord, scamming the victims out of hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Other reported scams involve phone calls from alleged government representatives demanding personal information and money with threats of deportation from the U.S. If you receive any communications from the government, please use the below resources to help determine if they are legitmate.

· https://www.usa.gov/housing-scams#item-211837

· https://www.usa.gov/identity-theft

· https://oig.ssa.gov/newsroom/scam-awareness

· https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog

· https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/pass-it-on/imposter-scams#

· https://youtu.be/i4nCy6Xs6R8

To learn more about the types of incidents that are reportable to the Department, please see this video.