Did You Know?

Roughly 8% of people in America fall victim to scams.
The age group most susceptible to scams is adults between 18-24.

Unfortunately, international students are common targets for scams.

Always trust your instict! If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

Don't become a target. 

Email, text messages, social media, dating apps (YES! Even dating apps) - are common platforms that scammers use to take advantage people. 

Tips to Avoid Scams
  • NEVER give personal information or money to anyone claiming to be with a government agency via phone/text/email.
  • Government/Federal agencies will not contact you by phone or text or email
  • Immigration and other government officials will not call or text or email urging immediate payment.
  • Immigration or other government officials will not call or text or email threatening deportation. 
  • Anyone demanding immediate payment or payment in gift cards is likely a scam.
  • If it sounds too good to be true then it's likely a scam.
  • If you are the victim of a scam, contact UNT Police at 940-565-3000.
Common Signs of a Scam
  • Asking for payment in gift cards
  • Sending you "money" first 
  • Asking you to complete a task in a strange way
  • Threats of  law enforcement or deportation
  • Pressure to complete a task immediately
  • Request you to provide personal information (including photos)
  • Ask you to click on a link immediately and submit identifying information
  • May appear to come from a reputable source (spoofed phone numbers and email addresses)
  • Poorly worded or generic email
Scenario #1: Suspicious Email

I received an email from one of my professors that asks me for personal information. They want me to send the information from another email account. They also said they'd pay me $500/week for 10 hours of work.

Scammers are more and more sophisticated. They are able to manipulate email addresses to appear as though they are from someone you know. 

The giveaway that this is a scam is in the request to email the sender from a different email account. Also, $500/week for 10 hours of work is far too good to be true as a student limited to on-campus positions.

Scenario #2: Email Attachments & Links from Unknown Sender
Never click on a link or download an attachment from an unknown sender. These are phishing emails and they can be sent to: phishing@untsystem.edu
Scenario #3: Stranger Sends Money Via a Cash App and Asks for a Favor
Do not do anything with the sent cash. The money sent is likely from a stolen credit card or fraudulent account.  Once you do the stranger the favor, the money will disappear from your account but you will have spent your own money to complete the request. 
Scenario #4: You are contacted by the SSA and they are threatening legal action or to suspend your SSN unless you take some immediate action.
Government agencies include the SSA will never call or text you. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be the SSA, hang up and notify ISSS. 
Scenario #5: You are contacted by USCIS or DHS or ICE and they are threatening legal action or deportation if you do not take some immediate action.
No government agency will ever call or text you. If you receive a call or text message from someone claiming to be USCIS or DHS or ICE, hang up the phone and contact ISSS. 

These examples are the scams our students most often see and report. Scams have gotten more and more sophisticated with the advent of AI. Always use your best judgement and be aware of the potential for scams.