Oct 04 2019

We have recently had reports of students receiving spam emails offering a job opportunity. 

If you are in any doubt about an email you receive that you suspect may be a phishing scam please do not open it and click on any links. If you have opened the email and clicked or followed any instructions, please follow this advice from ActionFraud below:

1)      Report it to the ActionFraud

2)      Report it to the IT Service Desk and then speak with the local police

3)      If you have provided bank details please speak to your bank

If you have clicked on a link or provided personal details, please change your password immediately and report the incident to the IT Service Desk.

Discover how to identify a phishing scam email below:

Style and form of phishing attacks

Phishing attacks can occur in many different ways, including fraudulent emails with a general message, messages that appear to be from your contacts, text messages, phone calls or targeted high profile scams. 

An urgent tone

Phishing messages often demand that an action takes place immediately or within a short time frame. This is a common tactic to attempt for someone to make a mistake and provide secure information.

Detecting phishing messages

Phishing emails will also often contain multiple spelling and grammatical errors, and a tone of voice that you wouldn't usually expect from the sender. 

In order to detect such messages, the sender email will often, but not always, be incorrect or not displayed as it should be. However the email can also sometimes come from a known or legitimate account, which has been compromised.