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Scammers Target Foreign Students in Chicago: ICE Alert

May 07, 2015 (1 min read)

This SEVIS I-901 Fee Fraud Alert was broadcast on May 6, 2015 by ICE:

"Recently, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) became aware that scammers are targeting students in the Chicago area in an attempt to solicit funds on behalf of the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee.  Scammers are requesting those targeted to send up to $4,000 to avoid deportation.  The scammers are using the ‘Location Services’ app on students’ cellular devices to find the students’ location and threaten them with continued pursuit if they do not receive the money.  The incidents are currently under investigation by the Chicago Police Department and SEVP intends to cooperate fully and will provide additional information as it becomes available."