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Read advice on what to look out for in tuition fee scams.

Published Friday, 24th January, 2020 in University news

City has been made aware of fraudulent activity at universities across the country where a third party offers to pay Chinese students' fees on their behalf at a discounted rate.

The third party is a fraudster who receives money from the student and uses stolen credit cards to attempt to make payments to their university. These payments will be rejected, leaving the student’s fees unpaid and their money in the hands of the fraudster.

Please ensure you only pay your fees using the information the University publishes on the fees and finance page.

To help protect yourself from fraud:

  • Avoid individuals or companies advertising fee payment services; should the other party’s actions be illegal it is likely you will still be liable for payment of your fees.
  • Do not share your University student payment account details with anyone and regularly change your password.
  • Check your account frequently to ensure that you recognise all transactions being made.

You can find further advice on fraud protection on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCIA) web page and in the following documents in English and Mandarin.

If you are concerned that you may be the victim of this fraud, please contact Action Fraud. You can also let the Visa Advice Team know, who can offer help during term time.

You can also find more information in Mandarin in the video below.