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Sinn Fein Councilor Warns Youth against Fraudulent E-Mails

Mr. Colin Kelly, Councilor from Ireland's Sinn Fein, the leftist Republican Party, has cautioned the youth of Derry, one of Northern Ireland's largest city that they should watch out for scam e-mails presently circulating online. Derryjournal.com reported this on May 31, 2011.

Said Kelly that constituents contacted Sinn Fein after they got an e-mail that somebody supposedly from SLC (Student Loans company), a UK public body that's non-departmental, sent directing that they should substantiate their private particulars, especially the account details pertaining to their banks. Derryjournal.com reported this.

But, as per Kelly, the constituents fast became aware that the SLC didn't have an e-mail id of that kind.

Naturally, representatives of Sinn Fein got in touch with SLC to know for certain that the company doesn't ever ask personal information over electronic mail. Also, the residents of Derry have been suggested for remaining vigilant incase an e-mail, which an SLC official supposedly sent, arrived into their mailbox. For it isn't uncommon to get such e-mails during the year's present time since Internet scammers know that the last loan installments are about to be distributed to students now, specialists indicate.

They (specialists) also comment that the above kind of fraudulent e-mails have resulted in an outbreak of phishing attacks.

Additionally according to them, incase students become a victim of such fraudulent e-mails by responding with their password as well as login details then scammers are likely to utilize those information for altering students' bank particulars on their student support system following which each and every SLC grant or loan will get redirected towards the scammers' bank account, leaving the students deprived of anything.

Consequently, security specialists have outlined the best action for students should they get the above kind of scam e-mail and that's to forward the message at phishing@slc.co.uk. For, then the SLC can detect the fraudulent, phishing site as well as disable it. This way other students too can be protected.

And incase any student feels he has already been victimized with the above kind of attack then he must instantly inform SLC, which can subsequently block his account from the transaction.

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