Protect Yourself Against Scams and Fraud

There have been increasing reports of phone calls received from people claiming to be FBI, law enforcement, or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) demanding large sums of money. If you receive a call like this, hang up immediately. It is a scam. You can read more about common scams on the USCIS website.

Law enforcement and ICE officials will never threaten you or ask for money over the phone or in an email. Do not give payment over the phone, by wire transfer or in gift cards to anyone who claims to be one of these officials. All requests for official payments will arrive in the mail on government/law enforcement stationery.

 

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

  • DO NOT give personal or financial information

  • get contact information from the caller (name, badge number, telephone number)

  • end the conversation immediately if threats / intimidation continue

  • contact OISS at oiss@risd.edu

  • contact the Homeland Security Investigations Tip Line

To see other Scams that are common in the United States, visit:

https://www.usa.gov/common-scams-frauds

Reporting

To Report any Scam calls, visit the government or law enforcement agency the caller was saying they were representing:  

For a list of scheduled employment and immigration workshops, click here.