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Telephone scam targeting international students

Have you been contacted by someone claiming to be from the Home Office?

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The University has been advised that international students are being targeted by hoax phone calls claiming to be from the Home Office.

The caller may appear to be genuine and convincing and explain that there is a serious problem with your immigration status, and that you need to send a payment to prevent further action including deportation.

If you are contacted by anyone claiming to be from the Home Office and are suspicious:

  • Do not give out any personal information, or confirm that any personal information they have is correct
  • Do not make any payment
  • Do not pay them using electronic vouchers
  • Do report your suspicions or incidents to Action Fraud, either on the Action Fraud website or (only if you are in the UK) by phoning 0300 123 2040.

You can also contact the Global Engagement team at globalengagement@qmul.ac.uk if you think you’ve been targeted for further information and advice.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs also has guidance on frauds and scams.