February 1, 2024

Scams target international students

The Daily reports that two of UW’s international students were targeted recently by scammers who used a combination of role-playing, surveillance, and phony documents to steal $195,000. A link to the story and tips for spotting and avoiding scams follow.

Read the story on The Daily

Tips for avoiding scams:

  • Review Scam Warnings for International Students on UW’s CIRCLE website.
  • Beware of any requests for transfers of money or gift cards.
  • Messages that solicit money, ask for your financial or bank account information, or offer to send you money should be regarded as highly suspicious.
  • Regard with suspicion any unsolicited phone calls (or email or text messages) that offer support for banking, computer, or technical services.
  • Be cautious about clicking links in email, even from someone you know.
  • Use strong passwords and protect your UW NetID credentials.
  • Report suspected email scams to security@uw.edu.
  • If you’ve been a victim of a scam, contact your local law enforcement, such as UW Police.


CIRCLE: Scam Warnings for International Students
IT Connect:
Employment Scams Targeting Students
FTC: Avoiding and reporting scams
A guide to scams for incoming students
Student Scams online training