There have been instances in which students have been contacted by people claiming to be from Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) or even Immigrations and Nationalization Services (INS) demanding money payments via debit cards, credit cards and even gift cards. They pressure mostly International Students by telling them they will either be arrested or deported if the payment is not made. The scammers then instruct the student on how to make the payment using their debit, credit, or by purchasing gift cards.

U.S. federal agencies NEVER OPERATE like this. They will never collect money over the phone via some form of credit card, debit card or gift card. BE AWARE THESE TYPES OF CALLS ARE ALWAYS SCAMS.

For more information go to the following link:

If you feel you may be the victim of a scam contact the NYPD immediately to file a formal police report and also notify Pratt's Department of Public Safety at 718.636.3540.

If you receive a call similar to this please check with a 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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Safety and Security Alerts, Emergency Notifications, and Timely Warnings

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

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

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 the Emergency Alert Notification
  3. Symbol located on the dashboard.
  4. 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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