Company masquerades as Oxford University agency under police investigation

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Seoul Police are investigating a local company for falsely portraying itself as the Oxford University branch in charge of admissions.

“The University of Oxford has promoted countermeasures against the protracted COVID-19 pandemic. It launched the “Oxford Graduate School Management Center” in South Korea, which is responsible for helping international students, especially from Asian countries, in their preparation for admission to graduate studies, “the company presented on its website. , which has since been deleted. He had said the center would be operational from December 15 for the next five years.

He charged potential Oxford applicants some 8 million won ($ 6,700) to apply to the UK university.

According to local reports, the fraud was first discovered by a graduate student who contacted Oxford directly after viewing the Korean company’s website.

In response, the school’s admissions division issued a warning, saying it had not set up such a center and had no connection with the alleged company.

“It looks like a new form of fraud targeting students. (The University of Oxford) has already reported the matter to the British Embassy in Korea, ”the school said, warning potential applicants in Korea.

By Choi Jae-hee ([email protected])

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