Student Loans Company warns about serious scams
22 September 2011
LJMU has been asked by the Student Loans Company (SLC) to warn students about possible phishing scams and to remind you not to reveal your personal details online.
At this time of year students are often targeted with phishing emails to coincide with student finance payment dates.
In addition to email, students can also be targeted by text (smishing) or telephone (vishing).
The number of students reporting these incidents to the Student Loans Company has increased significantly in the last few years.
The SLC's top two messages to students are:
- We will never ask you to update your bank details by email, phone or text
- We will never ask you to verify your student account details by email, phone or text
You should ignore messages that tell you to ‘validate your account’ or provide any personal, security or banking details. They will never ask for students to confirm information in this way.
The SLC has produced a phishing guide, plus top tips on staying secure and details on what to do if you receive a suspicious email. These may be viewed at: http://bit.ly/e3E2xT
If you need any help or advice about your student funding then please call LJMU’s Student Advice team on 0151 904 6056/6057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org