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Protecting yourself from fraud: money mules

Criminals often try to recruit students as money mules, offering you cash to use your bank account to transfer money connected to illegal activity. Whilst an offer of quick cash might seem tempting to some students, please be aware that accepting to be a money mule is itself a serious crime.

Find out more about how you can protect yourself from fraud, and what to do if you think you’ve been approached.

Protecting yourself from fraud

HM Revenue and Customs have put together some useful tips for protecting yourself from fraud, and what to do if you think you’ve been approached.

Watch: Money Mules - 'Don't be fooled'

This video by the West Midlands Regional Cyber Crime Unit explains what a money mule is, how criminals recruit money mules, and how to protect yourself.

Wellbeing Support

If you have been approached or involved (whether knowingly or unknowingly) and you're worried about what this means for you, our Wellbeing and Student Support team are on hand to offer you advice and support.

You can get in touch with the team from Monday to Thursday, 8.30am - 5pm, and Friday, 8.30am - 4pm, with consultation sessions available in-person and online from Monday to Friday, 10am - 3pm.

National Student Money Week

As part of National Student Money Week (4-8 March), the Student Funding team have prepared some resources for understanding scams and fraudLink opens in a new window, and how to keep yourself and your money safe.

You can visit the Student Funding team in the first floor Library foyer on Thursday 7 March, 10am - 2pm, where they will be joined by West Midlands Police who can offer expert advice about avoiding financial scams.