Published: 10 July 2020
Import message about COVID-19 Scams! Some UNSW Global and UNSW International students are currently being targeted by scammers, requesting proof of bank balances of up to $84,000 AUD or risk being seized by Chinese or Australian Police.
The 'email' (below) is appearing as sent by a fake Chinese and/or Australian police and is being circulated via WeChat and/or other social media and messaging services such as WhatsApp. In some cases, the fake officer indicates they have access to students' passport numbers, UNSW Student ID numbers and are even accusing students of being involved in money laundering. The fake officer may tell victims to spread the fake email to others or risk being arrested.
To read more about what to do if you are a victim of a scam, see here.
Remember - the only money UNSW will ever ask you for are your regular tuition fees, SSAF, library fines, or rent for student accommodation if you live on campus. UNSW Student Financials will only ever contact you via official University email to your student email address and preferred email address, as nominated by you. If you receive a request from UNSW or a government or police agency asking for money, please contact the International Student Experience Unit for advice to see whether it is legitimate (a real request). This is confidential and will not have an effect on your visa or enrolment.
Below is a copy of the fake 'email' currently in circulation.