The BBC is reporting that new students are being alerted to a scam where fraudsters claim to offer a “educational grant” in a bid to con them into divulging bank details.
The personal finance site Money Saving Expert says it is aware of students at major universities being targeted in a new wave of “phishing emails”. At Queen Mary University London, one student was tricked out of £300. It looked as if it had come from the university’s finance department, complete with the logo, and invited the young woman to claim a government bursary.
In a statement QMUL said: “We were made aware late last week that a number of QMUL students had received these phishing emails.
“QMUL proactively monitors its systems to prevent and detect breaches, and there is no evidence to suggest any system has been compromised in this instance.
“A message was sent to all students warning them about the scam and providing them with advice on how they can protect themselves online, including details of our cybersecurity training courses.”
The university said it did not believe the scam had affected many students and said it was confident its own systems had not been breached.
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