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.

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