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Resources: Information about scams:
The following is an update regarding the Exchange Visitor Program and an increasing number of phone and email scams affecting exchange visitors.  The Department has seen an uptick in housing and rental scams where exchange visitors transfer money before they start their program to a fraudulent realtor or landlord, scamming the victims out of hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Other reported scams involve phone calls from alleged government representatives demanding personal information and money with threats of deportation from the U.S.  The following links will help you know about phone and email scams and resources to help you quickly and accurately determine the legitimacy of an email or caller. 
 
Please refer to the links below for helpful resources to educate yourself on protecting your identity and information.
 
·         https://www.usa.gov/housing-scams#item-211837
·         https://www.usa.gov/identity-theft
·         https://oig.ssa.gov/newsroom/scam-awareness
·         https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog
·         https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/pass-it-on/imposter-scams#
·         https://youtu.be/i4nCy6Xs6R8
 
If you are a victim of any kind of scam the RO Joe Willey (LPLC 113) can fill out the incident report and send it to the Department at AGalert@state.gov.  To learn more about the types of incidents that are reportable to the Department, please see this video.