Phishing E-mails Attack Students of Oxford University
Students of Oxford University lately became targets of bulk electronic mails that posing as messages from SLC (Student Loans Company) tried to 'phish' information off them, reported cherwell.org in news on December 24, 2011.
It maybe noted that Student Loans Company represents one public sector firm in UK that offers grants and loans for the benefit of more than 1m students every year throughout the country.
A particular sample phishing e-mail, addressing students, tells that it's an authorized notification about one crucial account update. Moreover, because of a just conducted SLC database update, the company mandates that every student should make his account information up-to-date towards making sure he gets his scheduled payment as also not have any missed payment, the e-mail asserts.
Another sample message states that it's an offer of one serious presentation about an important comment update. And because of a fresh renewal of the SLC database the company needs all pupils for renewing their comment details towards protection as also for acceptance of their scheduled compensation accompanied with evasion of any missed payment by the company.
Remarking about these happenings, Heather Laing Fraud Manager of Student Loans Company stated that it was desirable that students became wary of the scam e-mails getting distributed on the Net and which they mustn't reply to. Debitum.info published this in news on December 24, 2011.
Specifically, Ms. Laing recommended to all students that they should overlook e-mails, which told them for confirming their accounts, alternatively supplying banking, security or other personal information since SLC wouldn't ever direct them for validating their information in that manner.
Meanwhile, the Student Loans Company too stated that it was calling several of its accountholders so as to spread the alert regarding probable fake e-mail attacks. Those called particularly included students who'd been identified as potentially suffering personal account compromise, the Company added.
In the meantime, several phishing attacks have been hitting the Student Loans Company, with as many as 1,400 websites closed during 2011 alone. Nevertheless, it's apparent that despite these closures, scams thrive, exploiting troubled students who would soon be receiving their loan's next installment.
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