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Scam alert: Scam targeting international students in Australia

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Studying overseas can be an exciting adventure, but it also has its challenges. Curtin would like students to be aware and stay safe.

At some Australian universities, students have been approached by phone, in person and through social media, with offers of discounted fees or other scams that may accuse students of criminal or corrupt behaviour.

Anyone can fall victim to a scam, so the best way to protect yourself is to be educated and aware.

If you are contacted in this way you should end the call and not disclose any personal information. You should also immediately report the scam to Scamwatch, and Curtin’s Safer Community Team.

If you are concerned for your safety or wellbeing, then you can contact the Safer Community Team on 9266 4444 for a confidential discussion. Alternatively, you can contact Curtin Connect on 1300 222 888 for support.

If you believe you have fallen victim to a scam, contact your local Police station, your bank or other service providers which might be impacted immediately.

Tips for students:

  • Don’t answer phone calls from unknown and private caller IDs. If it is important, the caller will leave a message and you can return it later.
  • Don’t provide or disclose any personal information to unsolicited calls, even if they appear to come from a Government organisation.
  • Never give a credit card or online bank account details over the phone.
  • Take note of any details, like websites and numbers, that have been provided and double-check these to ensure it is credible.
  • Subscribe to Scamwatch radar alerts to stay up-to-date with the latest scam alerts.

If you are concerned that your identity has been compromised, contact the National Identity and Cyber Support Service (IDCARE) now.