Preventing Scams

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How to prevent a scam

If you receive a threatening call or message from someone claiming to be a government or law enforcement official:

  • Do not answer any personal questions or give any financial information
  • Independently verify their phone number, and call them to make sure you are talking to who you think you are
  • If you receive a phone call from someone demanding money, accusing you of a crime, or threatening deportation, do not engage with the caller. Immediately hang up
  • Do not give money to anyone without first getting advice from SISS or the UC Davis Police Department

If you find a housing opportunity that seems too good to be true:

  • Avoid sending money in exchange for keys to see or rent a property
  • Insist on meeting a landlord or property manager in person before signing a lease or paying any money
  • Research the property and landlord before paying any money — ask for references, check property records, and read online reviews

If you receive a suspicious email or message from a stranger:

  • Be suspicious of emails you didn’t expect to receive
  • Never click on unknown links or files in emails, text messages or on social media sites
  • Never reveal your password to anyone
  • Beware of emails asking for login or other private information
  • Verify emails that ask for personal information by independently looking up the sender's contact information
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This is a sample of a fraudulent email - review the red flags listed above