Coronavirus Information and Resources for UC Davis International Students and Scholars

We continue to follow the developments of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and monitor situations on campus and around the world. Your wellbeing and educational experience are our prioritiesSee the updates and resourcesThe UC Davis International Center is currently closed, but we are still here to help: please email your SISS advisor directly with questions or to set up a remote appointment. Find your advisor listed on our Contact Us page.

Quick Tips to Prevent Scams

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How to recognize a scam

There are many different types of scams, as we talked about in the common scams page. Below are some basic principles to help you recognize and prevent a thief from stealing your money.

  • Did someone promise you a job if you pay them?
  • Never pay anyone who promises you a job, a certificate that will get you a job, or secret access to jobs. These are scams.
  • Did the IRS, Homeland Security, District Attorney's Office, FBI, Immigration, State Police or other "official" agency telephone saying you owe money?
  • These agencies NEVER call to ask for money. Government agencies do not call to threaten you or ask for money.
  • Are you or have you entered the Diversity Visa Lottery to get a green card?
  • The lottery is free to apply and the choice is random. No one can increase your chance of winning.
  • Are you looking for legal help with immigration?
  • Use a lawyer or an accredited representative, never a notary public (notario).
  • Did you get a call or email saying you won something, (except there is a fee)?
  • Never pay for a prize. That is a scam. You will lose your money.
  • Did a caller offer to help you get back some money you lost?
  • No government agency or legitimate business will call and demand money to help you get money back.
  • Did you get a check from someone who asked you to give them part of t he money back?
  • Never give someone money in return for a check. Fake checks can look real and fool the bank. When it is discovered to be fake, you will have to pay back ALL the money.
  • Did you get an email, text, or telephone call asking for your credit card, bank account, or Social Security number?
  • Never give that information to anyone who asks over email, text or telephone.