Phishing alert: You have been awarded a University Grant

Padlock

[05 July 2018]

Please be alert to a phishing attack currently targeting university students.The email states 'The University has awarded you a grant of 1,750 following approval by the Department of Education (DoE)'. The message includes a link to a web page used to collect your details, including your bank account information.

  • 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.

What to do if you think you have provided information

  • 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 from the University:

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