Some emails can look like they’re from a legitimate organisation, but later turn out to be part of a scam designed to steal your money. Phishing scams are becoming increasingly common as fraudsters think of new ways to target all types of people.
Recently in the news, university students have been warned about a new email phishing scam aimed at gathering personal information from loan applicants. Scammers have been sending emails to students claiming to be from the Student Loans Company, urging them to share their personal details. The messages claim that their account has been suspended due to incomplete information. These scammers then encourage victims to share their details, then steal their identity and defraud them.
Here are some tips from Action Fraud to protect against phishing emails:
If anyone you know has received a scam email about student finance, then please urge them to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and report it to Action Fraud.