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Telephone and email scam targeting international students

During 2015 a number of UK universities have reported that some of their students have been victims of telephone and email fraud from someone claiming to be from the Home Office.
This scam follows a similar pattern to previous scams:

  • A student receives a call or an email from someone pretending to be from the Home Office
  • The incoming number and email address may appear to match a genuine Home Office one
  • 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 may 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.

  • Report the incident to your International Student Adviser (in the Office for Global Engagement), who can report the fraud to the police and to the Home Office if you wish.
  • If you wish, you can report the matter online to Action Fraud: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
  • If you have already been targeted and have made a payment, please contact the Office Global Engagement: +44 (0) 24 7652 3706 / internationalsupport at warwick dot ac dot uk

You can read our full information on telephone frauds and scams, including how to report a scam call if you receive one. You can also read information on protecting yourself from phishing email scams.