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Student Loan Spam Campaign Begins

Sophos : 05 September, 2011  (Technical Article)
Sophos is issuing a warning to students beginning the new academic year after the discovery of a new spam campaign targeting students in the loands market
Student Loan Spam Campaign Begins
IT security firm Sophos is warning students to be careful when checking their email following the discovery of a widespread student loan spam campaign.

An official looking email, claiming to come from Directgov UK, tells students that there is a problem with their online student loan account, and that they need to update their account urgently.  Victims are instructed to open an attachment which takes them to a phishing form designed to steal personal information.

"With British students about to start another year at university, the last thing they probably want to hear is that there is a problem with a student loan," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.  "But that's precisely the camouflage that online scammers are using to steal personal information.  If you receive one of these emails, don't even be tempted to open it - delete it on sight.  Remember to always be suspicious of unsolicited attachments."
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