We’ve been made aware that a number of students across UK universities have been targeted by fraudsters and have lost large sums of money.
This scam is targeting Chinese students and involves WeChat and mobile contacts. Students are contacted on their mobile phone by people claiming to represent their bank, the embassy, police or other reputable agency and are told they owe funds immediately, often being offered preferential exchange rates on currency conversions.
Please make your students aware of this and remind them not to give any payment or personal information. Our frauds and scams page has further information which may be useful https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Frauds-and-scams.
You can also share our news item for Chinese students, kindly translated by Fang Zheng, International Student Adviser at the University of Sheffield.