Warning: scam affecting international students

01 September 2016

We have been made aware of a scam affecting international students. This has been happening for a number of years but we've just been told about a recent case.

A caller claiming to be from the Home Office tells students that they are in possession of confidential information and they have not paid for an immigration service. The caller tells the student that as a result of this there is a fine to pay or they will be reported to the police or Home Office. People who have been targeted have reported that the fraudsters become increasingly insistent and verbally aggressive, resulting in them feeling coerced into making a payment.

If you receive a call like this, do not make any payment. The Home Office does not issue financial penalties.  Read our information about what to do if you think you’ve been targeted