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Scam Alert - International Students

By JordanBrowzer 03 Jul 2018

Breaking News - Scam Alert!

We have recently been made aware of reports from other cities in the UK that international students are being targeted by scammers.

The scammers allegedly call students stating that they have sent a package abroad (this could be to their home country) that contains illegal items. The scammer on the phone transfers the student to somebody else who states that they are a police officer. The alleged police officer states that they are involved in international crime and that the victim has money in their bank account linked to crime.

Students may be asked to send passport details, provide bank details and transfer money. The scammers may threaten students with arrest if the money is not paid.

The scammers may use apps like QQ to target students. They will often advise the victim to delete all communications from them meaning there is no trace of the messages.

Please note that the police will never contact students in this manner and will never ask you for money over the phone. 

What do I do?

  • Cease the phone call immediately
  • DO NOT provide or confirm any personal or financial details
  • Do NOT download any software
  • Report the call to Action Fraud and/or South Yorkshire Police

If you receive a call of this nature, but are unsure as to whether it is genuine please follow the steps above and contact the International Experience Team by email or on 0114 2253813.

If you have any concerns, or have been a victim of this scam please contact Hallam Union Advice Centre immediately via email or on 0114 2254148.

Click here to checkout our Browzer article on how to spot a scam.

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