It has been brought to our attention that applicants and students of UK institutions are being targeted in a scam run by individuals or a group.

You may be contacted by a person or organisation who is offering to pay for your Tier 4 Visa, Tuition Fee Deposit or Tuition Fees at a discounted rate, and in return will be asked to pay the fraudsters directly for this service. This could be advertised as either a one-off discount or an extremely generous exchange rate.

The payments these fraudsters make for fees will be made via compromised card details which are later recalled by the original card holder as a charge back, leaving the applicant or student with an outstanding amount as well as the loss of money paid to the scammers. You may be shown a receipt or asked to log into your portal as evidence of payment however once the payment is recalled this proof of payment is no longer valid.

Please always use a trusted source when making payment.

Imperial College London’s preferred payment methods and bank details can be found on our How to pay page.

If you have any questions about this scam, or suspect you may have been targeted, please contact our Accounts Receivable team at