Add in Brexit outsourcing mess and it's plain to see why young international scholars get duped
Scammers are exploiting Chinese students' Brexit fears by targeting them with phishing emails claiming their visas could be revoked, threat intel researchers say.
The swindle, a latter-day variation on an age-old theme, consists of presenting a threat to students' immigration status "and uses various techniques to extract sizeable payments from the victims", according to Malwarebytes.
Pointing to open UK student admissions data as a "broad surface of attack", Malwarebytes reckons that this openness leads to scammers knowing exactly which institutions to target. This, it said, lets criminals easily exploit current Brexit-related visa fears to target naive students, most of whom will be living abroad for the first time ever.