Warning of scam email targeting students
It has been reported that there is currently a scam email going around targeting students. The email is misleading students into thinking they have been awarded a university grant from the Department of Education (DoE) and asking them to submit their personal details. The email appears to look like it has come from a Keele or a Bristol University email address.
If you receive this email, please do not;
- Click on any links
- Reply to the email
- Open any attachments
Read 'Action Fraud's advice' for spotting a scam email;
- The sender’s email address doesn’t tally with the trusted organisation’s website address.
- The email is sent from a completely different address or a free web mail address.
- The email does not use your proper name, but uses a non-specific greeting like “dear customer”.
- A sense of urgency; for example the threat that unless you act immediately your account may be closed.
- A prominent website link. These can be forged or seem very similar to the proper address, but even a single character’s difference means a different website.
- A request for personal information such as user name, password or bank details.
- The email contains spelling and grammatical errors.
- You weren't expecting to get an email from the company that appears to have sent it.
- The entire text of the email is contained within an image rather than the usual text format.
- The image contains an embedded hyperlink to a bogus site.
More information about phishing emails and how to stay protected can be found on the Action Fraud website.