Phishing Attack Targeting University Students

  • A new phishing campaign has been affecting university students across the UK recently.
  • The fake email claims that the student has been awarded educational grant by the Department of Education.
  • The sender also poses as the financial department of the university the student is attending to add another layer of authenticity.
  • The aim is to persuade the student to click on the link contained in the email which links to a fake website.
  • The fake website appears genuine with a form to fill out – including the student ID, National Insurance number, driving licence number an bank account details.
  • In one report, a victim entered their detail in the form, only to be forwarded a spoofed website of their bank asking them to login into their online banking

Protection & Prevention Advice

  • Do NOT click on the links or open attachments in unsolicited emails. equally, cyber criminals can pose as genuine people such as your friends.
  • If you do discover it is a scam email do not reply or contact the senders.
  • Check the legitimacy of the email with the company that has supposedly sent it. It is a good idea to find a telephone number for them independently from the email as the phone number provided may be fake or go straight tot the suspect.
  • Be aware of any financial request via email. Cyber criminals can easily pose as management, your bank or other highly ranking person – call the person if in doubt.
  • Ensure you have up-to-date anti-virus software and perform regular scans.
  • If you noticed it was a phishing scam after clicking on a link or opening an attachment, you should shut your system down and seek professional advice immediately.


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Thanks to the Gloucestershire Police for alerting us to this information.

Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, providing a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime