Scam targeting Chinese students – please share to make them aware

05 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. 

Please remind your students to contact you if they are in any doubt and to not give any payments or personal information from unsolicited calls. UKVI or other bodies will never demand payment over the telephone. 

We’ve created a short news item in Chinese for you to share on your social networks, newsletters or website. Many thanks to Fang Zheng, International Student Adviser at the University of Sheffield, for kindly translating.

See UKCISA’s advice about identifying a scam at