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Current scam targeting students

Students in the UK are currently being targeted by individuals who fraudulently claim to work for DHL and accuse victims of having been involved in economic fraud.

The scam caller references Chinese customs in Beijing, 'a police station in Beijing' and 'Beijing higher court'. On the call, students are told to not tell anyone else about the request and are asked to hand over very large amounts of money.

If you receive a scam call, message or email such as this:

  • Do not engage with the caller - unsolicited contact that asks you for sensitive information or money is always fraudulent
  • Hang up the phone, close the message app
  • If you have engaged with the fraudulent caller, contact Campus Security so that they can direct you to the appropriate support services
  • Report the incident to Action Fraud
  • If you receive any scam emails, forward them to the IT HelpDesk
  • If you'd like to access wellbeing support, contact: Wellbeing Support Services

Many scams such as this are levied specifically at students. Be aware of any unsolicited contact that asks you for sensitive information or money. Scammers will often claim to be from legitimate organisations and authorities like the university, embassies, banks or the police.

If you receive such correspondence and are unsure if it's legitimate, find contact details for the organisation in question and ask them directly.

NEVER provide money or sensitive information to anyone who contacts you without prompting.

Find out more about other scams, how to spot them, and how to report them.

Contact details

University Campus Security team can be contacted 24 hours a day: External: +44247652222 - Internal: 22222