In only 10 days’ time millions of A-level students will be getting their results and many will be contacting their new universities. Unfortunately, research by Proofpoint has shown that more than half of the UK’s top universities are not using appropriate email authentication tools and so fraudsters can easily imitate them and contact the students. It’s not difficult to imagine how vulnerable those students will be at that time due to nervousness about their results or their new course and as such will be very susceptible to fraudulent requests for money or personal information. One in 3 UK adults will be the victim of a cyber crime like this in 2019.
IF YOUR UNIVERSITY SENDS AN EMAIL REQUESTING PAYMENT, CALL THEM USING A NUMBER FROM THEIR WEBSITE AND CHECK IF THE EMAIL IS REALLY FROM THEM
Tips and Advice
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are sharing it with, and certainly not PIN numbers!
- Contact your university – As is written above, if your university emails asking for payment, go independently to their website to find the telephone number of their finance department or main switchboard and call to check if the request is real and that the account details are correct
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you are worried about having given out financial details
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use theironline fraud reporting tool
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