Preston students are being warned about a scam email doing the rounds.Advertisement
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.”
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Anyone affected by emails like this should contact Action Fraud UK on 03001232040 or visit the Action Fraud site.