Immigration Telephone Scam
Students have received telephones call from an individual who says they represent the Home Office.
The caller instructs the student to verify the Home Office telephone number 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 has the students' 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 £1200 - £1520) 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.
UKVI will not contact you in this manner. If you receive a call like this, do not give them any of your details and let them know you are going to speak to your adviser at the University. Hang up as quickly as you can. If you receive a call like this and are concerned, please make an appointment to see an International Student Adviser in the Dean of Students' Office.