A student from the University of Miami in Ohio claims to be the latest victim of nationwide scams in which foreign students face deportation if they do not transfer thousands of dollars to unlawful lawyers.
Last month, the foreign student from China contacted the local Oxford Police in Ohio about the $ 54,000 transfer after receiving aggressive calls and video conversations from people claiming to be at the Chinese Embassy in New York. The student said the scammers claimed he was investigating him for committing international fraud and that he was threatening to inform the FBI if he did not comply with the rule, a spokesman for the group said. Oxford police at Newsweek On Monday. Officials from the University of Miami School said Newsweek they were aware of the deportation swindle and declared that similar threatening calls to international students "were happening all over the country"
On January 23rd, the student from Miami University and originally from China transferred $ 4,000 from a PNC Bank account to the Bank of Hong Kong. The next day he sent $ 50,000 to a Chase Bank account. He has never heard of suspects again.
Sophisticated crooks showed the student legitimate-looking business cards and frequently harassed him with phone calls and face-to-face video chats. The student told the Oxford police that the fraudsters had submitted their own photo and identity data to validate their claim for money in exchange for letting him stay in the country and avoid prosecution at the federal level.
A student from the University of Miami in Ohio claims to be the latest victim of nationwide scams in which foreign students face deportation if they do not transfer thousands of dollars to unlawful lawyers. Getty Images FREDERIC J. BROWN / Contributor
The scammers told the University of Miami student that his passport information was stolen on January 23 and that this information was being used in criminal activities involving a third party, which which required him to transfer $ 4,000. Oxford police noted Newsweek often, people do not know who to report such sophisticated and large scale scams and some foreign students have a "perceived mistrust" of law enforcement due to flagrant police corruption in some foreign countries.
Carole Johnson, associate director of communications at the University of Miami, said Newsweek Monday 's directors have received numerous calls from international students about similar extradition threats. She called this trend a "national scam that is not unique to the university".
Last month, the University of Buffalo warned international students against threatening calls from internal campus numbers and area code 716. The fraudsters claimed to be officials from the Department of Homeland Security or the police American for immigration and customs. Like WKBW-TV in Buffalo first reported, insidious crooks order international students to leave their homes, go to an isolated place and not inform school authorities of the fictitious demand.
Another bizarre American college scam was discovered in Michigan last month after US Department of Justice officials arrested eight men of Indian descent who had enrolled American Indian students in a fake university. the Hindustan Times reports hundreds of duped students risk being deported and threatened with criminal prosecution for misusing their visas and allowing unskilled foreigners to stay in the United States and work there.
DHS did not immediately respond to Newsweek & # 39; s request for comment.