20th September 2019

Can you spot a scam?

Scams can come in all forms but they are usually designed to get hold of your money.

The Scammer may call and pretend to be from an official body such as the Home Office, Embassy, or Bank and press you into transferring money. They will sometimes already know details about you and can sound very convincing. We have had cases of newly arrived international students being targeted by Scammers in this way. Never provide personal information or agree to transfer money if someone calls you! Official organisations would never ask you to do this!

Many scams can also be online and some scams be very sophisticated and hard to spot. Some will offer investments or services which offer great returns. A recent scam has been offering great exchange rates to international students. Remember if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

For details of different types of scams see Money Advice Service.

Protect yourself!
Luckily there are some really useful websites tell you how to protect yourself , check out Take 5 to stop fraud.
The University has some online safety tips at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/security/advice/keep-safe-online

Report a scam
If you wish to report a scam go to Action Fraud link to visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Support if you are a victim of a scam
If you do fall victim to fraud and it is affecting you or your studies, you can come and see an adviser at the Student Union's Student Advice Centre . They will try and help you but please be aware it is not aways possible to get your money back.

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