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Fraud Advisory: Scammers Using SEVP and HSI Phone Numbers to Target International Students

The following message was sent to all students with an F-1 or J-1 student record on June 3, 2021.

The Office of International Services (OIS) has learned that 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 encounter or are a victim of this spoof call, you are encouraged to report the incident to the HSI tip line. We also ask that you notify OIS at and provide as much detail as possible about the call, as we enlist the support of JHU Security, when needed.

Tips and items to remember:

  • NEVER divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.
  • SEVP officials will NEVER ask stakeholders to provide credit/debit card/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers, or to make bitcoin deposits for any purpose.
  • Report all suspicious calls to the HSI tip line and if you are unsure about the validity of a call from SEVP officials.
  • You are always free to let such calls go to your voicemail and then share that with OIS; we can help you determine whether the call is a legitimate request (very rare) or a scam. Err on the side of safety!

You may find additional information on Scams on the OIS website here.

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