Article (2): Student phishing scam: Two men remanded over fraud (BBC News England)

Summary by: Angelina Fernandez

According to the article, two men were remanded in custody and faced a charge of conspiracy to defraud; while other five people arrested in the investigation due to the phishing scam. The victims were the students who on government loans. As the article stated, the attackers sent phishing emails to victims that ask them to provide their banking details. The two men have been charged over a one million pounds email scam which took money from the bank accounts of hundreds of students.

Phishing, as one of the social engineering in malware, is not a new terminology to us today. in this case, if students were aware of the methods that using to avoid getting hooked by a phishing scam, the breach in this case probably can be prevented.
  1. Students should not reply the email or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information. And they even should not click on the link in the message. If they are not sure and concerned about their account, they should contact the organization which mentions in the email by phone calls.
  2. Students should use anti-virus and anti-spyware software as well as a firewall; and students should update them regularly. Otherwise, some phishing emails contain software that can harm the computer or track students’ activities on the internet without students’ knowledge.
  3. Students should review credit card account and bank account frequently. If there’s a suspicious account activity, students should report and contact certain bank immediately.
  4. Students should not use emails as the way to send their personal and financial information since email is not a secure method.

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