Students from UB have been receiving scam calls from individuals claiming to be officials from the Department of Homeland Security.
The calls typically follow this format:
- The callers are using internal university phone numbers begining with (716) 645-xxxx, and are specifically using UB’s ISS phone number: (716) 645-2258.
- The callers identify themselves as DHS officials and direct students to a legitimate webpage that shows a deportation policy.
- They then threaten students to comply with their instructions or face immediate deportation.
- The students are told to leave their home for some secluded place and not talk to any school authorities.
- They solicit money from students, often asking them to pay using gift cards.
Please be aware that:
- The DHS or other government agency will NEVER call you asking for money or personal identifiable information, such as social security number, passport number or visa number.
- Do not be fooled by phone numbers. Scammers can use software to mimic legitimate or legitimate-seeming numbers (numbers that start with 645, for example).
If you receive this kind of call, follow this procedure:
- Don’t be afraid. Scammers prey on fear.
- Hang up! Do not engage.
- If you want to make sure that it was not a legitimate call from the UB ISS Office, please call the office at (716) 645-2258
- If they call back, do not answer.
- Notify us with as soon as possible.
- Report to the call to UPD at (716) 645-2222.
For more information on common scams, please visit The ISS website.