Beware of Scams!

October 30, 2019
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Students across the country are being targeted by phone scams. Read on for more information about these scams and how to avoid falling victim to them. 

Callers spoof their phone numbers and identify themselves as officers from local and/or foreign police departments, FBI, Homeland Security, IRS, and even students who claim to being looking for roommates. They have aggressive phone tactics where they make-up fake scenarios and threaten to arrest and even deport the student for fraud or other illegal activities. They offer quick solutions by demanding immediate large wire transfers or gift cards transactions—neither of which are acceptable means of payment for any U.S. government or state agencies.

USC Department of Public Safety has put together some quick tips to help you stay alert and safe. If you believe that you are a victim of a scam, please notify the USC Department of Public Safety at:

University Park Campus                        (213) 740-6000

Health Sciences Campus                      (323) 442-1200

If you are in immediate danger, call the LAPD at 9-1-1 or DPS at (213) 740-4321 for UPC or (323) 442-1000 for HSC.

Published on October 30th, 2019

Last updated on October 30th, 2019