Fraud alert: Overseas students targeted

Fraudsters have been targeting overseas students who are looking for rental accommodation but do not have a UK bank statement to complete a statement of affordability:

  • The victim is asked to pay a deposit into a Western Union/Moneygram account to prove affordability, which can allegedly be withdrawn once they arrive in the UK;
  • The fraudster requests a picture of the of the reference number;
  • When the victim arrives in the UK they find that the account is empty and the accommodation does not exist
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