The Student Loans Company are warning of the latest phishing scams aimed at current and recently graduated students.
A number of new scam emails and texts are being sent out to existing and former students claiming that they need to confirm their banking details, amongst other personal information.
Students are often targeted around payment dates at the start of terms, and when the repayment of their loans is expected to begin – usually in the April following their graduation.
The messages are believed to be sent out in bulk, and so rarely contain personal details, such as the targets full name.
The advice on offer is to determine the legitimacy of the message by checking for spelling and grammatical errors. The Student Loans Company (SLC) also stress that they will never contact you via email to confirm any personal data.
Any student who believes they have been targeted are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org who can deal with the possible scam.
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