Hundreds of thousands of University students are being targeted by a very authentic looking email scam. The email is well presented with HMRC or Gov.uk branding and is in many cases personally addressed to the recipient. The email states that the student is due a tax refund and simply has to click on a link and confirm personal details. In reality this is just another phishing email designed to steal personal data. In the 6 months running from April to September of this year the HMRC requested that 7,500 phishing sites be deactivated.
THE HMRC WILL NEVER USE EMAIL, TEXT OR VOICEMAIL TO INFORM ANYONE ABOUT A REFUND, DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINK FROM SUCH A
Tips and Advice
- Don’t Click – on any link in an email that you are not 100% sure is genuine, always go independently to their website and log in to execute any action.
- Universities targeted so far – Aberdeen, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Imperial College London, King’s College London, Manchester Metropolitan, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Queen Mary, Queen’s, Southampton, Sussex, University College London, and Warwick.
- Don’t – be pressured into acting quickly, this is a ‘red flag’ and sign of a scam.
- Keep safe – never give your Pin, passwords or banking codes to anyone requesting them.
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are talking to.
- Report it! – If you receive such an email please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details.
Reassura is dedicated to helping raise awareness of scams and fraud along with the impact they have on their victims. Reassura’s team of specialist anti-fraud advisors are here to help members make better decisions and avoid falling victim to scams and fraud.
For further information or for advice and assistance regarding any potential scam, call Reassura on 0800 888 6400