Wednesday 25 May 2016
The Home Office has made us aware of a scam which targets students with Tier 4 visas, whereby the student receives a telephone call from an individual who fraudulently purports to represent the Home Office.
The caller instructs the student to verify the telephone number from which they are calling (020 7035 4848) on the www.gov.uk website, search for Home Office, and then scroll down to the bottom of the screen so that they can verify that the caller is calling from the genuine Home Office number. The caller ID on the student’s mobile does show this number.
The caller is in possession of the student’s full name, postcode in the UK and passport number, and asks the student to confirm those details are correct.
They then proceed to tell the student they have not paid for an immigration service and, as a result, have to pay a fine (usually £1,200 - £1,520) or they will be reported to the Police or the Home Office, who will detain or deport them.
Students who have been targeted have reported that the fraudsters become increasingly insistent and verbally aggressive resulting in them feeling coerced in to making payment.
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will not contact students in this manner and we recommend that your students with Tier 4 visas remain vigilant.
If you have any concerns or queries, please contact the Advice and Counselling Service at QMUL: www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/opening-times-and-contact-us.