Phone 'scam' targets Indian and Pakistani students
The UK Council for International students affairs (UKCISA) has recently reported a series of phone scams, targeting international students, particularly from India and Pakistan. The ‘scammers’ claim to work for the UKBA and use the victim’s personal information to catch their attention.
According to the council, it has been reported by various universities that students who are going through visa extensions or applications, or simply are currently studying in the UK are receiving calls that requests them to make a payment in order to avoid further complications with the visa applications.
The UKCISA states that these calls are not from the UKBA and advises on how to identify them: ‘The caller may appear to be genuine and convincing, because they have some limited information about you. Typically, the caller will know your passport number, as well as your telephone number and your name. They will say that there is a serious problem with your immigration status, and that you need to send a payment by Western Union as soon as possible to prevent further action or investigation by the UKBA.’
The Pie News reports that it is unclear how students’ personal information has been obtained, but some believe fraudsters have accessed information given by students when applying for mobile phones or through online jobsites.
If you are targeted by these calls, the UK Council for International Students affairs advises the following :
Find out more in the UKBA website.
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