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UKVI Action Fraud Campaign

Every year, the UK receives tens of thousands of applications from international students who wish to study at our world class institutions for Tier 4 visas, with 96% of these being successfully issued in 2018.    

Unfortunately, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) have identified that international students are sometimes being targeted by fraudsters either before they reach or upon arrival in the UK.

UKV&I have teamed up with Action Fraud to produce a guidance pack for international students to provide information on keeping safe against fraudulent activity. 

Key messages

  • If you receive an unexpected email, telephone call or letter from someone who claims to be from the Home Office, it could be a scam
  • Legitimate Home Office officials will never contact you and ask you to pay visa fees or fines over the phone
  • Neither the Home Office nor UKVI will ask you to make payment using iTunes vouchers, gift cards, cryptocurrency or a money transfer service

What should I do if I receive an unexpected communication?

If you receive a communication from the Home Office that you are not sure is genuine, you should:

  • Contact the Global Student Office at Heriot-Watt University with details of the communication you have received.  You can email isao@hw.ac.uk and one of our Global Student Advisors will then be able to investigate if the communication is genuine
  • Report the communication to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040