Telephone Scam Targeting Students

February 26, 2016

We’ve been alerted by a student that a telephone scam appears to be under way.

The scammer had accurate details of their intended victim, including the name, student ID number, course and more.

In this particular instance, the scammer pretended to be a government department offering a grant. Similar telephone scams are common in the USA.

Warning Signs

It’s not always easy to spot a scam. Beware if…

  • You’re being contacted unexpectedly.
  • You’ve never heard of the competition / grant that you’re told you have won / earned.
  • You’re asked to make an advance payment
  • You’re asked to give personal details or passwords.
  • You’re being pushed to make a quick decision or threatened with dire consequences. Scammers don’t want to give you time to think.

Other Scams

Unfortunately, there are quite a few scams that target students, including a common telephone scam which targets international students

For more information about how to protect yourself against crime, please see the Student Safety site.

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