Is something phishy going on?
Students starting or returning to their courses are being warned to watch out for ‘phishing’ scams sent to them via email or text message. Make sure you don’t get caught in the fraudsters’ nets.
Using student finance as their ‘hook’, phishing scammers may increase their activity levels at this time of year. The Student Loans Company has issued a warning to students to be wary of emails and text messages. They issue the following guidance on their website:
If you think you have received one of these emails (or text messages), do not reply and do not select any links contained in them. The Student Loans Company guidance gives an email address to which you can forward anything that makes you suspicious.
And watch out for tax scams
You might have been working over the summer and seen tax deductions on your payslip. These could have been excessive – especially if you’re not going to be working during term time. If you think you might be due a refund, read our guide to claiming back tax overpaid on wages.
But if you receive an email promising you a tax refund in exchange for your personal, credit or banking details, do not respond. Instead, contact HMRC immediately to report the matter. HMRC provide more details on their website about how to recognise and report bogus tax emails, including an email address to which suspected phishing emails can be forwarded.
For general advice about staying safe on the web, visit www.getsafeonline.co.uk.