Common Scams

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How you can tell it's a scam

Scams are dishonest, illegal schemes to make money. There are several ways that people try and defraud, like a phone call from a stranger posing as a government official or law enforcement, a potential employer or landlord asking for personal and financial information before ever meeting you, or emails from unknown addresses requesting information urgently. Below are descriptions of some of the most common scams students and scholars encounter—learn how to recognize the signs and protect yourself.