SLC: Fraud Facts For Students
Unfortunately, scammers can target students with phishing and fraudulent scams around the three loan payment dates in September, January and April each year.
While it is not a message we like giving out, we have to warn students not to be tricked into disclosing any personal details or clicking on links in dodgy emails or text messages as they could be installing malware and leaving themselves open to fraud.
In the last two academic years alone, our dedicated Customer Compliance teams at SLC have prevented £850,000 from being phished from students’ loans.
Our expert teams have a range of methods and fraud analytics to stop scammers in their tracks, but the best and first line of defence is you.! 🙂
How can you help fight fraud?
You can keep your account safe by following our simple tips and if you do receive a suspicious email or SMS, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
We can then investigate where this came from and if necessary, ensure it is shut down, to help protect other you and any other students from getting scammed!
Spotting a scam, phishing email or SMS isn’t always easy, but here are our essential fighting fraud facts:
1. Keep an eye out for any emails, phone calls or SMS messages you think are suspicious, especially around the time you’re expecting a payment
2. Scam emails are often sent in bulk and are unlikely to contain both your first and last name; they commonly start, ‘Dear Student’ so be on guard if you see one like this
3. Check the quality of the communication – misspelling, poor punctuation and bad grammar are often tell-tale signs of phishing
4. Be wary of messages that contain lines such as ‘Failure to respond in 24 hours will result in your account being closed’ – these types of messages are designed to convey a sense of urgency to prompt a quick response
5. Think before you click. If you receive an email or SMS that contains a link that you’re not sure of then try hovering over to check that it goes where it’s supposed to.
If you’re still in any doubt don’t risk it, always go direct to the source rather than clicking on a potentially dangerous link.
6. Potential scammers can use a variety of methods to try get students to pay money or share their personal details, including the use of fraudulent phone calls, social posts and direct messaging on digital platforms.
If you are suspicious of being contacted, always use official phone numbers, your online account and official communication channels to verify the contact you received is genuine.
For more information, check out our (genuine) links below…