Fake law enforcement message scam

Fraudsters are contacting overseas students in and visitors to the UK by mobile phone or social media account claiming to represent UK or foreign law enforcement organisations.

What has been happening

Fraudsters call stating they have worked with the fraud victim's respective embassy or government. They tell them that there is evidence in the form of forged documentation or parcels which implicate them in a crime such as money laundering, fraud, or immigration offences.

The fraudsters demand further personal details from the victim, including their name, current address and copies of personal documentation. They then suggest a warrant exists for the victim's arrest which will result in their deportation and imprisonment unless they transfer a payment in order to cancel the arrest or pay a fine.

Once the money is transferred, all contact between the victim and the fraudster stops.

What you should do

Police will never ask you to withdraw to transfer money so “it can be checked”; nor would they demand money in order to cancel an arrest.

  • don't be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details no matter who they say they are
  • protect your information and have the confidence to question and refuse unusual requests

If you have made a payment to someone claiming to be the police or government department, and you think you might be a victim of fraud, you can report it to Action Fraud any time of the day or night using its online fraud reporting tool.

You can also get advice about fraud or cyber-crime by phoning 0300 123 2040.

If you are a student you can ask your students' union or university for advice, help and support.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, call the PSNI on 101, or report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud or call 0300 123 2040.

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