Avoiding Scams

Many students have found housing on Craigslist.org, a popular website for housing and other services with local pages.  Craigslist recommends that you follow the following tips to avoid would-be scammers:

  • Deal locally with folks you can meet in person.
  • Never wire funds via Western Union, Moneygram, or other wire service – anyone who asks you to do so is likely a scammer.
  • Craigslist is not involved in any transaction, and does not handle payments, provide escrow, buyer protection or seller certification.
  • Never give out financial information (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
  • Do not rent housing sight-unseen – that amazing rental may not exist.
  • Do not submit to credit or background checks until you have met the landlord/agent in person.

If you have any problems with your housing accommodation, please contact your sponsor immediately. 

The U.S. State Department J1 Visa Emergency Hotline may also be reached 24-hours at (866)283-9090.


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