Tuition discount scam

A U. of I. student reported that she was contacted via social media platform WeChat by a person who said that they ran a service which could provide a discount on the student’s tuition. The scammer directed the student to provide access to her university accounts, and also pay $26,800 to the scammer. In return, her $30,000 tuition bill would be paid. After the student paid the $26,800 fee via wire transfer, the tuition initially appeared to be paid. After a few days, however, the student’s account balances reverted to the original amounts.