The following was an alert message sent to internationals students at The Ohio State University on June 7, 2021.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has been made aware of a spoofing scam involving individuals using an SEVP Response Center (SRC) phone number (703-603-3400) or a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) office phone number (757-441-6533) to target nonimmigrant students.
Fraudulent callers are claiming to be SEVP representatives and asking students to provide their immigration information, such as their Alien Registration Number or Form I-94, “Arrival/Departure Record,” information, or face deportation.
If you are a victim of this spoof call, please report the incident to the HSI online tip line. If you are unsure about the validity of a call from an SEVP official, you can also reach out to the Office of International Affairs.
If you receive similar calls, always remember:
It is always best to err on the side of caution and be vigilant. If calls persist and you are unsure of what to do, reach out to law enforcement, the Office of International Affairs or make an appointment with an attorney at Student Legal Services. Know that government agencies in general will never contact you and demand immediate payment or request that a student wire money for immediate payment.
For more guidance on avoiding scams, please visit the scam pages of the Office of International Affairs website and of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
If you believe you are the victim of any type of scam or fraudulent activity, please report it to the police and also schedule an appointment to speak to a Student Legal Services attorney (visit studentlegal.osu.edu or call 614-247-5853).