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Students: Protect Yourself from Immigration Scams

April 1, 2015
April 1 is recognized as April Fools’ Day in the United States – a day when people play practical jokes on their families, friends or neighbors. While watching out for these tricks, which are usually harmless, also beware of dangerous scams you could encounter while studying in the United States. Scams are when strangers target unsuspecting individuals and lie to them in order to illegally receive money or personal information.
This April Fools’ Day, do not become a victim of a scam or fraud. Here are reminders of common scams and tips to avoid them: 
Scam: If a stranger gives you misleading information or asks for personal information, it could be an immigration scam. When applying for a benefit, like working, driving or obtaining a Social Security number, someone may try to steal your personal information.
Scam: Some commission-based recruiters may tell you that you must go through them to get a student visa or gain acceptance to a U.S. school.
If you suspect an email or website is unsafe, talk with your designated school official or call the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400 before you submit any personal information. 
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