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International students: Hoax phone calls

30 April 2013

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We have heard from other Universities that international students are again being targeted by hoax phone calls claiming to be from the Home Office or UK Border Agency.

The caller may appear to be genuine and convincing and explain that there is a serious problem with your immigration status, and that you need to send a payment as soon as possible to prevent further action including deportation.

If you are contacted by anyone claiming to be from the Home Office or the UK Border Agency:

  • Do not give out any personal information, or confirm that any personal information they have is correct
  • Do not make any payment
  • Do report the matter online to action fraud (www.actionfraud.police.uk), or by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

Or contact Student Advice on 020 7911 5000 ext 66080, email studentadvice@westminster.ac.uk for further information.


About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.


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