International students and scholars continue to receive telephone calls or emails from scammers who claim to be from government offices and request money.
Currently, nonresident aliens who used Sprintax to file their taxes are receiving fraudulent emails offering larger refunds. The IRS will never contact you by email or by telephone; if they need to reach you, they will mail a letter to the address on file.
Please note that NO legitimate official of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Custom and Board Protection (USCBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will ask for your information or demand payments or any type by telephone or email.
If you receive a call or email, gather as much information as possible and contact the International House or Duke Visa Services (if it's visa-related). They will determine if the email or phone call is legitimate and assist you.
You can also visit the following sites for more information on current scams:
- USCIS Common Scams
- USCIS Avoid Scams
- IRS Tax Scams Consumer Alerts
- Coronavirus Scams
- FTC Scam Alerts
There have also been a number of scammers calls, texts, and emails in people's native language, pretending to be representatives of people's home government. Be sure to verify with IHouse, your department administrator, or Duke University Police Department before providing any personal or financial information.