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Scammers target international students via phone

Scammers are using a visitor Exchange Response Center and a Homeland Security Investigations number to target international students. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | Photo Editor

Scammers are targeting international students through government phone numbers, according to an alert from the Office of International Affairs Monday.

According to the alert, scammers call students using a Student Exchange Visitor Program Response Center number at 703-603-3400 or a Homeland Security Investigations office number at 757-441-6533 asking for their immigration information — including their Alien Registration Number or Form I-94 — and threatening deportation. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program is aware of the scam, the alert states.

Student and Exchange Visitor Program officials will never ask for personal information such as credit card numbers, bank information or financial information, according to the alert….

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