A scam is a scheme designed to con you out of your money. A scam can be via post, telephone, email, text message, website or even a visit to your home. It can be disguised as a lottery win, prize draw, job offer, etc
If you think that you have been the victim of a scam, then the Students’ Union Advice Centre can provide you with advice and support. If you think you've been a victim of a scam, you can report this to Action Fraud.
Some criminals have been targeting international students specifically, pretending to be from a legitimate company (such as the UK Home Office, and education agent or UKISA). This scam follows a similar pattern to previous scams:
A student receives a call from someone pretending to be from the Home Office
The incoming number appears to match a genuine Home Office number
The student is told that there is a problem with their visa and that they need to pay a fine and/or give the caller personal information and contact details
Some students are also told that they will be visited by a Home Office official
Please remember that the Home Office will never call an international student to request payments or ask for personal details in this way.
DO NOT make payments or give information to anyone calling you like this.