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Security and Safety Alerts

Phone Scam Alert


There has been a recent increase in phone scams globally. Phone scams come in many forms, but they tend to make similar promises and threats, or ask you to pay in certain ways. Scammers might pretend to be law enforcement or a federal agency. They might say you’ll be arrested, fined, or deported if you don’t pay taxes or some other debt right away. Their goal is to scare you into paying. But real law enforcement and federal agencies won’t call and threaten you.

Most legitimate businesses will give you time to think their offer over and receive written information about it before asking you to commit. Take your time.

Don’t get pressured into making a decision on the spot. Scammers will often ask you to pay in a way that makes it hard for you to get your money back — by wiring money, putting money on a gift card, prepaid card, or using a money transfer app. Anyone who asks you to pay that way is probably a scammer.

If you’re ever in doubt, please call Pratt Public Safety at (718) 636-3540 or another trusted resource before sharing your private information or paying anyone you don’t know. If you receive a call similar to this please check with college officials, International Affairs Office, Student Affairs or the Public Safety Department before acting on the call.

Pratt Institute
Department of Public Safety

Student’s Guide to Fraud Scams

Pratt Public Safety has compiled a handbook containing some of the most commonly attempted scams perpetrated on college students.  Please review the handbook and contact Public Safety at or by calling 718-636-3542 for any additional information

Frauds and Scams Targeting College Students Guide

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This site is used for posting Safety and Security Alerts, Emergency Notifications, and Timely Warnings. Alerts, Emergency Notifications, and Timely Warnings will posted in this location in the form of pdf files attached below.  


Alerts will be posted as needed to inform the Pratt community of general safety and security concerns.


Emergency Notifications will apply to hazards, crimes, terrorist attack, natural disaster, environmental incidents, and other emergencies that occur on-campus. The notification will be sent to via email and text messaging to all Pratt Institute members that are signed-up with the Pratt Emergency Alert Text Messaging System.


Timely Warnings will be issued when it is determined by the Institution that there is a signifacant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees ocuring on campus and in the immediate community.

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Pratt Emergency Alert—Emergency Text and Email Messaging

The Pratt Emergency Alert System is the quickest way to get vital information about any building or campus emergencies.

But, Pratt ALERT also offers you the convenience of timely notifications of campus closings due to inclement weather. Have you ever left your home, dorm, or work place during a snow storm wondering if the campus would be open when you get there? Pratt ALERT will provide you with that information moments after the decision to close the campus is made, saving you a treacherous trip.

Signing up is as quick and simple as:

  1. LOGIN to
  2. CLICK on “Safety & Wellness
  3. Tab at the top and select preferences
  4. under Pratt Alert Profile.
  5. ENTER your contact information.

You may go back anytime to update your contact info if it changes. The Pratt ALERT system will be used for emergencies and school closings only. Your information will not be used in any other way.

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