Students Staff

14 January 2020

Student fraud alert – beware third parties offering discounted fees

Filed under: News — Laura Mathias @ 10.23 am

We’ve been made aware of fraudulent activity targeting students. We speak to Carol Saward, Head of Income and Payments, to find out more about how you can protect yourself from fraud.

Carol Saward, Head of Income

Carol Saward, Head of Income and Payments

How are fraudsters tricking students?

The fraud involves a third party offering to pay a student’s fees on their behalf at a discounted rate.

The third-party uses stolen credit cards to make payments to the University. These fraudulent card payments will eventually be rejected, leaving fees unpaid and the money in the hands of the fraudster.

How can I protect myself from this fraud?

  • Never share your account access details with anyone, even someone you know.
  • Be wary of anyone offering to make a payment on your behalf or promising a discount on a payment. If the offer sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is.
  • If the other party’s actions are proven to be illegal you could still be liable for payment of your fees.

Where can I find out more?

Head to our how to pay your fees web pages for advice on paying your tuition fees.

You can also find information on spam and phishing emails on the website.

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