Phishing alert: You have been awarded a University Grant

Padlock

[11 January 2017]

Please be alert to a phishing attack currently targeting university students. The email states 'You have been awarded a University Grant by the Department for Education'.  The message includes a link to a web page used to collect your details, including your bank account information.

The attack has been reported by several universities, but so far we have had no reports of Bristol students being targeted.

  • Do not click on any links in the scam email.
  • Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.
  • If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
  • Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.

Be alert for phishing emails

  • If an email appears to have come from a person or organisation you know of but the message is unexpected or unusual, contact them directly via another method to confirm that they sent you the email.
  • If you receive an email which asks you to login to an online account via a link provided in the email, instead of clicking on the link, open your browser and go directly to the company’s website yourself.
  • If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
  • If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank.

Advice on how to protect yourself can be found on the Action Fraud site:

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/scam-emails

Advice on dealing with emails that claim to come form the University:

http://www.bris.ac.uk/it-services/news/2014/phishing10june.html