Scam Alerts


This message is a reminder to be aware of strangers who contact you by phone or e-mail requesting money or personal information. Such occurrences are most often scams.  A scam is when someone attempts to get personal information or money from you by lying to you.  These phone calls or e-mails may say that the person contacting you is from a U.S. Government Agency such as the United States Department of Homeland Security or the United States Internal Revenue Service or they could be someone who tells you that they are calling on behalf of one of your family members who needs assistance. 

Please be aware that a government agency will not call or e-mail you and ask you for money or personal information.  You should not provide personal information or send money to anyone who is unknown to you.

 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other government agencies such as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will not call you. The IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages, or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. They will contact you by mail.

Anytime you are uncertain if a contact is a scam, please hang up the phone and contact:

UNL Police Department at 402-472-2222 or ISSO by phone at 402-472-0324, e-mail at or by visiting the office in Seaton Hall – Room 201.

Do not give out personal information or provide any form of payment.  

For more information about scams targeting international students please go to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website at:

To see a list of e-mail scams that have been reported to UNL go to the Phishing at UNL website at: