Some criminals may target you online or over the phone, for example by telephoning you and pretending to be from a legitimate organisation (such as the UK Home Office, an education agent and so forth).
They demand money and claim that if you do not pay them quickly, there will be damaging consequences.
The caller may appear to be genuine and convincing, either because they have some limited information about you (for example, your passport number, as well as your telephone number and name) or because they appear to be calling from a legitimate phone number.
If you receive such a call or a similar contact, don’t give the caller any personal information and do not confirm that any information they have is correct.
You should never give out your personal details to a caller as you cannot verify their identity.

If you do receive any such contact, please report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website.

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