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Beware of phishing campaign targeting students

A new phishing campaign which has hit students of UK universities claims that the student has been awarded an educational grant.


The email (example below) purports to have come from the Finance Department of the student’s university and tricks the recipient into clicking on a link contained in the message to provide personal and banking details.

Please delete the email, do not click on the link provided, do not enter your Queen Mary password or respond to the email. Queen Mary will never send you an email asking for your password or bank details.

If you have any concerns, please call the IT Service Desk straight away on 020 7882 8888 (x8888). Free cyber security awareness training is also available for students on QMplus – just search for cyber and information security.

Protection / prevention advice

Do not click on any links or open attachments contained within unsolicited emails.

Do not reply to scam emails or contact the senders in any way.

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, and report it to Action Fraud.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting

This information has been provided by the City of London Police.



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