Tips to Avoid Common Scams and Fraud Schemes
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security routinely issues alerts to encourage international students to take precautions against fraudulent schemes or scams. See the ISSO web page on Avoiding and Reporting Common Scams and Fraud Schemes for helpful links and information about how to avoid common scams.
You should have received a message earlier this week from the BU Police as they notified the Boston University community about a recent ongoing phone fraud scheme. Four incidents have been reported since October 12, 2018. All appear to involve similar themes and are clearly targeting our Asian student population. These incidents appear to be part of a much larger scheme, which has been perpetrated over the last several months in cities such as New York, Boston, San Francisco, Houston, Los Angeles, as well as in Canada and Australia.
Please view this linked short video message to help avoid being a victim of this scam here.
BUPD has also translated this information into Mandarin here.
If you receive such a call similar to this scam, hang up. Do not transfer money to the scammers.
If you have been the victim of a call, including giving money, notify BU Police Department at 617-353-2121.
As always, feel free to contact your ISSO advisor should you have questions.