WIGAN students have been warned to avoid scammers trying to steal their third student loan instalment.
Fraudulent e-mails are being sent to students asking for personal or bank details. The Student Loans Company wants students to know that they will never request these details by e-mail.
The number of students revealing their details to the fraudsters has more than tripled in the last year and the e-mails are rife in April and May, as the crooks know students are due to receive their final funds for the academic year.
The company has partnered with Get Safe Online to produce a “phishing guide” and top tips to promote online student safety and protection against scam e-mails.
Student Loans Company’s Security Manager Robert Hurt said: “We are aware that some students from the North West are being affected by these scam emails and we want to ensure that they do not respond to these.
“We monitor this issue very closely and aim to close phishing sites down as soon as students alert us to them, to protect other students.
“Students need to work with us to ensure their identity and financial details are protected and not compromised.”
The scam recently affected around 50 students from Sheffield Hallam university.