Chinese students: UK visa scam

02 September 2019

Some universities have warned that Chinese students have been targeted by fraudsters and lost large sums of money.

The scammers operate by calling students, demanding large sums of money and threatening that their visas may be taken away, or that they’ll face imprisonment if they don’t pay. It is a very sophisticated scam so it is easy to believe it is genuine. If you are in any doubt please make sure you contact your institution. 

Please do not give any payments or personal information from unsolicited calls. UKVI or other bodies will never demand payment over the telephone. 


If you think you may have been targeted by this scam please contact your university’s international office or report it to Action Fraud

See our advice about identifying a scam at