Every few months, someone thinks up a new way to scam international students. A scam is when someone tries to get your money or personal information. If someone asks you for money, come and see Student Services on Level 3 or speak with your teacher to check you are not being scammed.
As at March 2020:
- We've been advised about a scam on SMS where people are being asked to pay for a COVID-19 test kit via a website - do not pay this, it is a scam. If in doubt, ask your Student Services team.
- Someone calls you and pretends to be from the government. They say that they have a file on you and that you have to pay a migration fee and tax. They tell you that your family will be sent to jail if you don’t pay the money and that you will be arrested.
- Someone becomes your friend through WeChat or Whatsapp and asks you to buy MOLpoints for them and send them pictures of the receipts. They may tell you to buy more MOLpoints and threaten to hurt you, or someone else, if you don’t do what they say.
- DHL contacts you about a package of fake credit cards with your name on it and says you must report to the Public Security Bureau. You are then asked to transfer money to Bitcoin to prove your innocence.
- You are offered a discount on your RMIT tuition fees to pay through another person. They pay RMIT with a fake or stolen credit card which is rejected. This means you need to pay the fees again to RMIT but your enrolment may be canceled due to non-payment.
- Someone calling from the delivery company DHL. They pretend to transfer you to the police who say you have sent an illegal shipment. You’ll be asked to transfer a large amount of money to a bank account and to communicate only through the Ding Ding app. They will also say that if you tell anyone and do not cooperate you will not be able to travel in China.