Office of Global Engagement
International Students and Scholars

As a general precaution we would suggest that you do not answer your phone when you receive a call from an unknown caller, but rather let it go to your voicemail first (make sure to set up your voicemail, if you have not already done so).

Most common scams reference the following topics:

The IRS warns about possible scam phone calls. Please take a moment and read the information via the links below about how to recognize a tax scam should you receive a suspicious call or phishing email message. 

IRS Urges Public to Stay Alert for Scam Phone Calls 

Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts

For scams related to immigration related matters please see the USCIS information at 

Where you can obtain a free credit report from the three nationwide consumer credit reporting agencies, annually.

Information on Phishing for the Brown Community

If you have questions regarding phishing, have received a suspicious phone call or email, or simply wish to learn more about phishing, please go to the Computing and Information Services website at or email


Legal Resource for the Brown Student Community

If you are a Brown student who has become victim to scam or fraud calls and require legal advice, please contact Attorney Peter J. Cerilli:

Department of Public Safety Newsletter

The Brown University Department of Public Safety posts notifications and information which can be read in their monthly Newsletter.