The United States has an average of over 900,000 international students within any given year. Foreign students choose the U.S. because of its world-wide educational institutions. Students from abroad chooses the United States to further their educational goals more than other countries.
The USA is considered to have more advanced technological studies. The nation’s schools have renowned college course professors who are often bestowed with outstanding degrees and achievements.
Achieving a U.S. education by foreign students is an expensive venture, but one that is a great investment. However, there is an illegal system that is seeking to get more money from international students and this is known as ‘scammers.’
Helping International Students To Avoid Scammers
Not only are United States’ citizens alerted daily to various types of scams, but so are international college students. Scammers never give up, they reach out to students via e-mail, school bulletin boards, phone contact, mailing campaigns, and more.
Scamming is so prevalent that it is an international concern. Many countries and international governments provide pamphlets and literature tracts to their students who are coming to the United States to study.
They do warn their students about fraudulent tactics used by scammers that could cause identify theft, financial loss, sexual, romantic, or kidnapping traps, and more. The U.S. government and other global governments are creating programs for colleges to address scams and to keep their local and international students safe.
In addition to America, countries like Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada, are providing colleges with guidelines designed to keep international college students from unwary fraud attempts. Being aware of a possible scam goes a long way in keeping international college students safer.
Schemes To Scam International Students
The common scams introduced to the students include contact via email, phone calls or robocalls from government agencies like Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs, Customs and Border Control, Citizenship/Immigration Services or the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.
Fake federal government contacts generally frighten international college students by telling them that they owe a visa fee, an international student tax fee, or students need to send money regarding their Green Card Lottery enactment.
Students are reminded that government and law enforcement agencies do not call individuals demanding money, nor do they try to scare them with belligerent language.
Tips To Avoid Scammers
International college students are given a warning about emails or phone calls asking for money in any form. Foreign students are asked to do the following:
o hang up if your unknown caller demands money
o don’t respond to an e-mail demanding money or personal information
o don’t plan to meet with strangers alone
o don’t buy gift cards and send them to someone with a bad luck story
When an international student is approached as a possible scam victim, United States colleges are inviting international students to contact the Student’s Affairs Office, the International Student Services or other advisers and mentors before they agree to provide or give the scammer anything.
Social media websites like Facebook is also used to help protect international students. Also, websites for a majority of U.S. colleges provides cautious stories and information on potential scams.
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