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Tips to Avoid Scams & Fraud

Several individuals have reported receiving phone calls from scammers claiming to be the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or other various law enforcement agencies, demanding large sums of money. If you receive a call like this, hang up immediately. It is a scam.

Government and law enforcement 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 by mail on government/law enforcement stationery.

Others have also reported housing and rental scams, where they were asked to transfer money before they start their program to a fraudulent realtor or landlord. Be aware of advertisements with spelling and grammatical errors and suspiciously low advertised prices. It is important to do a search on the owner, real estate management company, and housing listing. Do not give your personal information or Social Security number to a property owner without verifying their identity.

The best way to protect yourself from being a victim of a payment scam is it be extra vigilant.  If you are unsure if a request is a scam or not, please contact the University Police Department at (631) 632-6350 or Visa and Immigration Services at (631) 632-4685 or

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

Please review the following information to ensure you are protecting your identity and information:
Tips from the Inspector General's Office
How to Recognize Rental and Housing Scams
Preventing Identity Theft
Types of Imposter Scams