The International Center will like to make you aware of a telephone scam targeting international students and scholars. Please see the message below from the Public Engagement Division at the USCIS. 

Contact the International Center if you have questions or concerns about this matter.  If you have visa documents issued by the UCI International Center, questions about your immigration status in the U.S. should be directed to the UCI International Center, G302 UCI Student Center, and (949) 824-7249. 

In recent weeks, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) learned of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners.

Scammers are using a technique called ID spoofing to display a misleading or inaccurate phone number in a recipient’s Caller ID. The scammer poses as a USCIS official and requests personal information (such as Social Security number, passport number, or A-number), identifies supposed issues in the recipient’s immigration records, and asks for payment to correct these records.

If you receive a call like that, USCIS urges you to say “No, thank you and hang up immediately.

USCIS never asks for any form of payment or personal information over the phone. Don’t give payment or personal information over the phone to  anyone who claims to be a USCIS official. In general, we encourage you to protect your personal information and not to provide details about your immigration application in any public area.

If you have been a victim of this telephone scam, please report it to the Federal Trade Commission at, or report it to an appropriate state authority. (Visit for information on where to report scams in your state.)

If you have a question about your immigration record, please call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283, or make an InfoPass appointment by visiting our website at


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