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Students bite phishing bait

By Louise Ridley

Internet scammers have stolen thousands of pounds from debt-ridden local students, The Platform can reveal.

Over the last month, six students from Goldsmiths college, New Cross, lost a total of £8505 when they responded to emails claiming to be from the Student Loans Company (SLC) requesting their bank details.

42-16728069The fake mail – a form of identity-theft known as ‘phishing’ – allowed cyber con artists to access bank accounts and stole thousands in student loan installments.

A SLC spokesperson said: “We believe that the phishing emails were sent on September 10.” He continued: “As soon as we were made aware of the incident, we contacted the company hosting the site and asked them to take it down.” The website has since been removed.

Continued: SLC targeted second time

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