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SCAM Alert

Leonard Hughes
SCAM Alert
by Leonard Hughes - Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 2:50 PM

Recently, several international students have been targeted by online and phone scams.

In one scam, incorrect advice was given about fee payment methods that tried to trick students into transferring money to incorrect accounts.

In another scam, a student received a call that claimed to be from police in their home country, demanding payment of a fine. In that case, the scammers were a man and a woman pretending to be real police officers with real ID, there was even a website to check  which was fake. The student was asked to write a letter from the School telling their parents to send money to prove they could support them financially while overseas. If the student didn't send the letter the scammers said the student would go to jail for 2-5 years.

Remember that if someone calls you (claiming to be the police, Australian Taxation Office, Department of Home Affairs, etc.) and tries to threaten you into paying money or sharing personal details, immediately hang up.

Any time that you are asked to transfer money or provide personal information, ask yourself: does this seem right?

We also recommend you read advice about how to recognise common scams on ScamWatch (

If you're unsure, please talk with Student Services for advice.