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International Students looking to study in Australia be alert for Education Agent Fraud

International Students looking to study in Australia be alert for Education Agent Fraud

Many overseas students who aim to pursue their dream to come to Australia for further studies have lost the money they provided to Tu Futuro. They were shocked to realise that recently Brisbane based Education Agency – Tu Futuro have disappeared with the money that the students have paid for their tuition and accommodation.

The fraud has been reported to involve approximately 100 young foreigners who have allegedly lost up to $1 million. The students, who were from developing countries, mainly Brazil, were disappointed when they are were able to get in touch with the agency after realising that not all of the providers had been paid by the agency. For many of these students, this education fund represented their life savings or that of their parents.

The Overseas Students Ombudsman had received more than 40 complaints and is currently working with the Government agencies to ensure affected students were assisted in every possible manner. Brazil’s honorary consul in Brisbane has called for an investigation and compensation for the victims. Queensland Police is currently assessing the matter with the other government agencies.



Comments by Chris Johnston – Principal Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers

At the time of writing this, the promotional videos for Tu Futuro are still showing on YouTube.

It is disappointing when unscrupulous business take advantage of these students.


This information is accurate on 20 January 2017




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