Advice on what to look for and how to protect yourself from online tuition fee scams.
Published Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 in University news
Recently, we have been informed that some students from China are being approached in person and via the WeChat application by individuals offering to pay university tuition fees for them at a reduced rate if they use a ‘third-party facilitator’. Some are being “befriended” in Chinatown (London) and referred to these WeChat groups. Some are even put under pressure to reach a quick agreement, for example by being told that there will be ‘exceptional’ exchange rates on offer that will expire shortly. In fact, these individuals are intending to steal their personal data and bank details.
If you have been approached, never respond to these offers and always pay your tuition fees to City directly using authorized payment method. This is because it will put your data privacy (e.g. bank details and personal information) and your university place at risk.
How to protect yourself
There is also evidence of similar scams being carried out in different parts of the world. We would therefore like to ensure that you are aware of incidents as such that have occurred amongst Chinese students. These are some of the ways you can protect yourself from such scams:
- Do not respond to such offers if they come from unreliable sources and third parties.
- Ensure that all fees are paid directly to the university, rather than a ‘third-party intermediary’. You can find out more on how you can pay your fees and more information on financial support and funding here.
- Report any suspicious approaches to the university and always ask for their advice if you are unsure.