Students targeted by scam

Cyber Security: Has It Clicked?

28 Sep 2016

Students are being warned to be on their guard for bogus emails claiming they have been awarded an educational grant.

The scam emails, which purport to have been sent by the victim’s university finance office, claim the recipient has been awarded an educational grant as part of a student support programme.

A link within the email takes them through to a page where they are asked to submit personal details, including name, address, date of birth, bank account details, National Insurance Number and mother’s maiden name.

Victims are then taken through to what appears to be a genuine representative of their online bank, where they are asked for their online banking credentials.

Inspector Rich Osgerby said: “An easy way of ensuring you don’t fall victim to this kind of scam is to remain suspicious.

“Even if an email appears to have been sent from a genuine person or company, don’t assume that’s the case.

“Rather than replying to the email or clicking on a link within it, contact the sender directly and ask them if they have tried to contact you.

“Another is to ensure you never give away personal or log in details after hitting reply or clicking on a link in an email. Instead, make sure you go directly to your bank or other website yourself.”

Other means of protecting yourself from phishing scams include:

  • If you suspect an email is a scam, don’t reply. Flag it as spam and then delete it.
  • Always install software updates for your operating systems and apps as soon as they become available. They will often contain fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
  • If you think your bank details have been compromised and/ or you’ve lost money, contact your bank and report it to Action Fraud