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Center for International Studies

University Police are investigating a phone scam incident reported to have occurred yesterday. The student received a call from an individual posing as an Immigration and Customs Agent. They also received a phone call from someone purported to be from the San Angelo Police Department.

In both cases, the callers told the student they had outstanding warrants and needed to immediately pay off the warrants or face arrest. Payment was to be made in the form of pre-paid debit cards. Unfortunately, funds were sent to the scammers. The incident appears to have targeted an international student.


  • ICE Agents and local police do not call immigrants on the phone to warn them that they are about to be arrested and deported for violating immigration laws;
  • Agents and local police do not request financial information (e.g., bank account and credit card account information) or demand money from someone to dismiss an investigation or vacate an arrest warrant.
  • ICE Agents and local police NEVER accept payment in the form of pre-paid debit cards.
  • NEVER provide any identifying information over the phone. If you receive such a call, immediately hang up and end the call.

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