Being scammed is stressful and it could have a big impact on your student budget. Remember that a scam is a criminal offence so it’s really important to report anything you think is a scam even if you don’t personally fall victim. While there are many different scamming methods and ploys, there are a few tell-tale signs that someone is trying to target you. Follow our advice to make sure you’re protected.
The internet plays a big part in student life. So whether you’re conducting research for your studies, buying course books, or keeping in touch with friends, make sure you stay cyber-safe.
If criminals find out your personal details, they may be able to use them to open bank accounts or get credit cards, loans and state benefits in your name. Criminals may also attempt to obtain documents in your name, such as a driving licence or passport.
Information that is helpful to criminals includes your name, date of birth, address, National Insurance (NI) number and bank and credit card details.
Scamspotting follows on from the Guardian Award shortlisted Thieves Inc. and is a campaign run in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and South Yorkshire Police.
Watch the video for tips on spotting online scams targetted at University staff and students.
You can also visit the University's IT Service's website for more information on what to do if you suspect you're being targetted by phishing emails.