International Students

Avoid Scams

The Ohio State University wants to warn our international students to be aware of ongoing scams.

Scammers target international students because cultural and language barriers often make it difficult for international students to determine whether an offer for help or request for money is real or fake. The most common scams encountered are those involving immigration, tuition and employment.

While some scammers may make threatening phone calls or send intimidating messages on social media or through email, others may use more gentle approaches that include using personal information they illegally obtained to scare someone into providing immediate payment or information.

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

For more guidance on avoiding scams, please visit the scam pages of the Ohio State Student Legal Services (SLS) website and of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

If you believe you are the victim of any type of scam or fraudulent activity, please report it to police and also schedule an appointment to speak to an SLS attorney (visit or call 614-247-5853).