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Student fraud alert - beware third parties offering discounted fees

The University has been made aware of fraudulent activity targeting students. The fraud involves a third party offering to pay a student’s fees on their behalf at a discounted rate from the full fee.

The third party is a fraudster who uses stolen credit cards to make payments to the University. These fraudulent card payments will eventually be rejected, leaving fees unpaid, and the money in the hands of the fraudster.

Protect yourself from potential fraud relating to fee payments by adhering to the following advice:
  • NEVER share your account access details with anyone, even someone you may know
  • Be wary of any person offering to make a fee payment on your behalf or promising a discount on a payment - should the other party’s actions be proven to be illegal you will likely still be liable for payment of your fees
  • If the offer sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is
  • Check your University student payment account to ensure that you recognise the transactions being made
  • Do not share your account details, doing so is contrary to University Regulations
If you are concerned that you may be the victim of tuition fee fraud or that a third party has been accessing your fee account please contact Warwick’s Student Finance team.
Further general advice on fraud protection:

Avoid individuals or companies in your home country advertising fee payment services that are not listed on the University's website or endorsed by the University.

Fraudsters using stolen cards will often make numerous small value transactions in an attempt to avoid detection – so be wary of people asking for smaller part-payments.

Never share personal, banking or financial information with anyone who lacks a verifiable relationship with the University. The requestor may be trying to obtain the information for fraudulent use. Always verify who you are speaking with.

More general fraud advice for students is available via the following links:

UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs)

Barclays

If you are concerned that you may be the victim of tuition fee fraud or that a third party has been accessing your fee account please contact Warwick’s Student Finance team.