Students Targeted by Scammers

University students are the latest group of people to be targeted by fraudsters.

Fake emails are sent to students, using the address to look genuine, informing them that they are due to tax refund, sometimes linked with their student loans. It then asks the student to click on a link which takes them to a genuine looking HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) website, but is in fact bogus, where personal and banking details are requested. Once in possession of this information, the scammers empty the bank account or sell on the information to other fraudsters.

Always be extremely wary of emails like this as they will be fake, HMRC would never send such messages.

Anyone targeted by this scam should not click on any links but can report cases to HMRC by forwarding the emails to HMRC or texts to 60599. Anyone who has lost money should contact Action Fraud.


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