Home Office Telephone Scam – Important Information

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It has been brought to our attention by the Visa & Immigration Student Advice Service that many international students have recently become targets of a telephone scam. Students have reported receiving a call from somebody claiming to be from the Home Office who tells them they haven’t paid for an immigration service and must pay a fine or risk being reported to the police. The callers have become progressively insistent and forceful in their attempt to get students to make payments.

The number they call from appears to be the real Home Office number (020 7035 4848), however this is not a genuine call (even if they seem to have your personal details, such as your full name and postcode) – the Home Office do not contact students in this way.

If you receive a call or email requesting money, be sure to contact Contact Action Fraud to report visa and immigration scams. You can find more information here.

For more information or help, head over to a Visa drop-in session at the Student Services Centre (Building 37) – Tuesdays and Thursdays (09:00-10:30) and Wednesdays (13:00-14:30). Don’t forget, our friendly Advice Centre team are always on hand to offer guidance and support, too. Find out more here.

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