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International Student and Scholar Services is committed to your personal safety. The resources on this page will provide you with tips on how to be safe in Chicago and on campus, help you to avoid common scams targeting international students and give you an outline of your rights when interacting with local or federal authorities. If you would like to discuss any of these topics further we encourage you to speak with your ISS advisor.
As in any large city, living in Chicago requires awareness of your surroundings and taking common sense actions to protect your personal safety and property. Be alert, show confidence and trust your instincts when traveling throughout the city. In an emergency dial 9-1-1 for Police, Fire and Rescue Services. Dial 3-1-1 to reach the Chicago Police Department for non-emergency situations.
DePaul is committed to making campus safety a top priority through a variety of programs. Visit the Public Safety website for information about DePaul's safety initiatives, emergency preparedness resources and for safety tips. For assistance or to report any suspicious activity on campus contact Public Safety at Lincoln Park: (773) 325-7777 or Loop: (312) 362-8400.
A scam is a dishonest or fraudulent scheme designed with the intention of obtaining personal information or money from a victim. In recent years there has been an increse in scams targeting international students. Scams are often conducted by phone, email or social media by individuals claiming to represent law enforcement or government officials. Scammers often use threats and indimidation to scare a victim into revealing financial information or making payments to avoid future action including arrest or deportation. It is important to note that legitimate law enforcement or government officials do not use such tactics and would not demand immediate payment to resolve an issue. We do not want you to become the victim of a scam. It is important to recognize familar tactics used by the perpetrators of scams to protect yourself. If you suspect that you have been contacted by a scammer do not respond to their demands. For more information about common scams targeting students, please review this guide and if you need help or want to discuss any of these topics further we encourage you to speak with your ISS advisor.
Telephone scammers try to steal money or personal information from you. Scams may be calls from live callers, robocalls or text messages. Scams targeting international students have included threatening legal or immigration action unless the caller is paid a sum of money immediately. One tactic is to instruct the victim to purchase gift cards (such as iTunes gift cards) and to reveal the gift card numbers over the phone. NO government agency, IRS or reputable business will EVER ask for payment with gift cards. If you receive a telephone call from someone telling you to purchase gift cards, hang up. Review the following usa.gov webpage to learn how to protect yourself from telephone scams.
Scammers target international students on social media such as Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter. The scammer may claim to be a goverment or school official and request payment online. Legitimate government officials will not ask you for payment on social media. Please protect yourself online. Do not post your personal information such as telephone number or address on social media.