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美国政府和执法机构从不通过电话要钱。这些类型的电话来自专业诈骗犯 - 他们使用计算机软件假冒电话号码，但他们不是真正的警察或美国政府工作人员。
Criminals Stealing Money from International Students by Phone
- Be careful if you receive a call from someone who claims to be from the US government or the police and demands money. These calls are fake, and are from criminals. They want to scare you and steal your money!
- Do not give payment information by phone to someone calling you with threats. This includes credit card numbers, online account transfer information, or other personal financial information!
- Do not buy gift cards to pay someone calling or emailing you with threats!
- Do not give personal info to someone calling or emailing threats: copies of your immigration documents, UW account info and password, social media info, etc.
- Do not agree to meet an unknown caller at a strange address (parking lot, grocery store, etc.)
The US government and law enforcement agencies never demand money by phone. These types of calls are from professional thieves -- they use computer software to make their caller ID appear real, but they are not real police officers or US government workers.
These are called "scams"-- attempts to steal money by lying.
Here is a common version of the call:
1. The caller says he is an officer with a US government or law enforcement agency. Typically they use one of these agencies' names, but there can be others!
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Especially during tax season!)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- Seattle Police Department (SPD)
- University of Washington Police Department (UWPD)
- Any city police department
2. Next, the caller says you have a tax problem, legal problem, arrest warrant, etc. They often know your name and some personal information.They demand that you pay them immediately. They threaten jail, deportation, or other consequences if you do not pay. They lie and say you can't tell anyone about the call.
What to do if a criminal calls?
- Ignore any request for money: cash transfer, gift card purchases, etc.
- Do not give personal information to an unknown person on the phone or social media, such as immigration documents, UW netID info and password, UW email and password, financial account information, social media account information, etc.
- Hang up. End the phone call.
- Report the call to the UW Police Department (UWPD) non-emergency number: (206) 685-UWPD (8973).
- Take care of yourself. Being a crime victim (such as losing money to criminals) can be scary and stressful. Consider visiting the UW Counseling Center. They can help you cope with the stress and emotions you may feel if you are the victim of a crime.
This is a very common scam. Please warn your friends, too.