Please be aware of a scam which is targeting international students – in particular Chinese students – studying in the UK.
Victims are contacted by individuals claiming to be an official from the student’s home country, who tell them that they are implicated in crimes in that country and need to pay money if they are to avoid arrest. Victims are coerced into staging fake scenarios to encourage their family to give money.
We encourage you to remain alert to this scam, and not to engage with anybody who contacts you making any such claim. If you have been contacted in this way, or have fallen victim to this type of crime, please contact the police immediately via the 101 system or dial 999 if an emergency. If you are not sure whether the claim is genuine or not, you should first contact your country’s embassy for advice.
The university is here to support you if you’ve been affected by this scam. If you are contacted by someone who asks you for paperwork regarding visas, or other information, and demands money or payment of any kind, please report it.
Please visit an information point on campus or contact student services on 024 7679 5622 for support or speak to the international student support team (in the student centre) if you have received any suspicious calls.
The university has additional advice for dealing with scam calls.
The university is in touch with the police to raise awareness of the issue and to help prevent any such scams.