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UK students targeted by Internet scammers

The authorities have today issued a warning to UK students amid news that 50 phishing websites have been closed down in the last 12 months which were specifically targeting students and attempting to harvest confidential information from them. It is known that a number of these websites were sending out e-mails purporting to be from the Student Loans Company asking for repayments and confidential details which were then used illegally to empty bank accounts.

This is not the first time that scammers have used the Internet to attack students but recent changes to the Student Loans Company and concerns about a potential graduate tax have been preying on the minds of many students for some time. If, as these e-mails promise, either money is forthcoming or indeed repayments are requested immediately to continue in their education it seems that some are finding it difficult to see through the obvious scams.

If you receive any unsolicited e-mail which is sent to your e-mail address but does not address you in your full name then you need to be wary. Any company worth its weight which sends out an e-mail to you should in every instance use your name as a starting point. If an e-mail does not use your correct name then you should be very careful.

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