Scams and Safety


Many international students studying in the U.S. have recently been victims of multi-phase scams from individuals impersonating employees of DHL, U.S. immigration and law enforcement officers or investigators from the Chinese government. For more information about scams targeting international students, please see this recent news report, blog from the Federal Trade Commission, and ‘Scams Targeting Students’ on the USCIS website.

Please remember:
•    The Dashew Center staff and U.S. government officials (e.g. from the Internal Revenue Service or U.S. immigration, etc.) will never request your credit card number, Social Security number or banking information over the phone.
•    If you ever question the authenticity or propriety of a phone call, you should ask for a name and telephone number to call the person back.
•    You may consult with the Dashew Center about any suspicious phone calls or emails you receive requesting your personal information.
If you encounter a fraud attempt, please report the incident to the Dashew Center at