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Preston students warned about scam email

Posted on - 27th September, 2016 - 9:50am | Author - | Posted in - News, UCLan, University
A copy of the email sent to students, claiming to be from a university finance department

A copy of the email sent to students, claiming to be from a university finance department

Preston students are being warned about a scam email doing the rounds.

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The phishing scam has been picked up by Lancashire Police and they are warning students, particularly those new to the University of Central Lancashire, to take care.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We have been made aware of a phishing scam targeting students which seems to be doing the rounds.

“The email claims that you have been awarded an educational grant as part of a student support programme and appears to have come from the Finance Department of the university.

“It tries to trick you into clicking on a hyperlink contained in the message to provide personal details on a webpage.

“Previous victims have reported that after submitting their sensitive information (including name, address, date of birth, bank account details, National Insurance Number and mother’s maiden name), they were taken to a spoofed website which appeared to be a genuine representative of their online bank, where they were directed to type in their online banking credentials.”

Read more: Police warning to students arriving in Preston

Anyone affected by emails like this should contact Action Fraud UK on 03001232040 or visit the Action Fraud site.

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