Humberside Police are warning university students and staff to be careful of a phishing email scam which attempts to get them to hand over their personal and financial details.
Although there have been no incidents in Hull yet, the National Fraud Investigation Bureau has said there have been numerous reports in other areas.
E-mails appear to be from a university HR department, claiming that the recipient is eligible for a pay rise, providing a link that they need to click on to fill in their details to claim.
The link takes the victim through to a fake university website, where they are asked to provide their Login and financial details. The offenders then use this information to steal from the victim.
Detective Sergeant Ivan Simms said:
“There are a number of simple ways you can protect yourself from these type of phishing scams.
“Firstly, never click on links and attachments in unexpected emails and messages and, if you receive one which claims to be from a trusted source- such as your employer- make a quick call to them to check it’s genuine before you act on it.
“Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.”
DS Simms also suggested that people with a university email account, should change their password as a precaution, and how to make it more secure:
“A good way to ensure that a password is secure is by using both upper and lower case letters, and including a mixture of letters, numbers and special characters.
“We also recommend using random words rather than words with personal significance- such as children’s names.
“If you think that your bank details may have been compromised, contact your bank immediately.”
If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting the Action Fraud website, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre.