UK students are currently being targeted by scam callers asking for money to be paid over the phone. The scammers pretend to be members of King’s staff or from your bank and tell you your account has been compromised. The caller will try to persuade you to move your money into another account. We recommend updating your Student Finance password, ensuring that a unique, secure password is used and checking that your bank details in the system are correct. Please read this article for the latest information: King’s students being targeted in phone payment scam.


Unfortunately, students are increasingly being targeted by money-related scams. A scenario that is becoming more common is where a third party offers to pay a student's fees on their behalf at a discounted rate. There are no discount schemes at King’s, so if you receive any correspondence about discounted fees then it is likely to be fraudulent.

Please ensure that you only pay your fees through a  college advertised and recognised method of payment; visit How to pay my fees.


How do fee scams work?

A fraudulent third party might ask you to pay your fees to another person or direct you to a bogus site to make payment. The scammer will then "arrange a discount for you" and pay a reduced sum of your tuition fees on your behalf.

The reality is that this is a credit card scam, which sees bogus payments being made on student accounts using stolen credit cards details.

The scammer will make payment as agreed, but the payment will be rejected or later taken back when it becomes apparent that the card has been cloned or stolen.

Sometimes the scammer will attempt to make numerous payments of your tuition fees with several different cards to try to avoid detection, but this type of activity is monitored by our Credit Control team who might investigate your account and ask you to explain the payments. 

The end result is that you will have lost your money, not paid your fees and unknowingly become involved in illegal activity. The best way to avoid this situation is to remain vigilant, and if you receive any emails about fee discounts, don't take them seriously and forward on to Credit Control for further advice.



Types of student fee scams



Who gets targeted?



Tips to keep your money safe



Support & information if you’re targeted by a scam or fraud