Stay fraud smart at uni

Your safety is our top priority. 

Recently, we've seen a spike in reports of students being contacted by scammers pretending to be from their university, including finance teams, or even banks. We want to take this opportunity to remind you to always check who you’re speaking to.  

Some things to look out for 

If someone tells you your account has been compromised and asks you to transfer money to another account, it could be a scam. 

These calls may sound convincing, but they are fake and designed to steal your personal information and money. 

How to protect yourself 

If you get a call claiming to be from the University of Birmingham, do not confirm or give any personal details or make any payments, unless you are sure who the person is. You can always hang up and call the University directly to check.  

If the call is suspicious report it to the police through Action Fraud any time of the day or night using their online reporting tool or by calling 0300 123 2040. 

If you feel threatened, report this to the police immediately by calling 999. 

If you transferred money to the scammer in the last 24 hours, tell the police immediately by calling 101. 

We hope you find this advice helpful. For more information on protecting yourself from scams and the signs of a scam, visit our advice for avoiding scams page on the Student Intranet. 


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