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Fraud prevention advice for Chinese students

We have partnered with the Chinese Lantern Project and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset, to highlight fraud types affecting the Chinese community and offer advice for fraud victims.

Fraud prevention PDFs

Common types of fraud

Chinese Embassy scam

The victim is contacted by a fraudster purporting to be from the Chinese Embassy or Chinese Police.

They will usually say that the victim has been involved in money laundering or other illegal activity and that they need to pay a significant amount of money, or else they will be imprisoned or deported.

Impersonation fraud

Fraudsters may pretend to be trusted officials, such as the bank or police. They may request your help with an “investigation” or insist that there is fraud occurring on your account.

They will convince you to transfer your money into a “safe account”, which will belong to the criminal, or hand it over to the criminal in person.

Rental fraud

Victims are tricked into paying an upfront fee to rent a property which does not exist, has already been rented out, or has been rented to multiple victims at the same time.

Money muling

Students are often recruited by criminals to launder money through their bank accounts. This will be advertised as a risk free and easy way to make money. In reality, they are being enticed into committing a criminal offence.

Investment fraud

Fraudsters are advertising fraudulent cryptocurrency investments on social media, promising attractive returns.

Seek independent financial advice before committing to any investment as it’s difficult to tell a genuine investment opportunity apart from a fraudulent one.


Phishing texts and emails can come in many forms. For example, notifying you of an apparent failed parcel delivery.

Do not click on any links or attachments you are unsure of within a text or email or provide personal details. Texts can be forwarded to 7726 and emails to report@phishing.gov.uk

Reporting fraud

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime.

You can report fraud or cyber crime to Action Fraud any time of the day or night:

Action Fraud also run a service which allows you to report fraud in your preferred language

Support and advice

Created in partnership with the Chinese Lantern Project, and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset.

Two logos: Chinese Lantern Project logo (left) and the Chinese Community Wellbeing Society logo (right)
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