Please be aware of a telephone fraud targeting international students.
A student may receive a call from someone who says they work for the Home Office. The caller may appear genuine and the incoming number may appear to be a Home Office number. The caller may say that there is a problem with your visa, and they may ask for debit or credit card details to pay a fine immediately. A student may be told that they will be visited by a Home Office official.
Please remember that the Home Office will never call an international student to request payment, or ask for personal details in this way.
If you receive such a call;
- DO NOT give the caller any personal information, and do not confirm that any information they have is correct;
- DO NOT make any payment, either over the phone or by money transfer (such as through Western Union, for example).
If you wish, you could report the call to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact DSU Welfare or DMU's International Student Support team.
More information about this, and about what to do if you receive this type of call, is available here;
If you have any concerns about this, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org