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Lanarkshire students given advice to combat scammers looking to defraud them out of cash online

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As Lanarkshire students begin life at, or return to, universities to take part in undergraduate courses, they are being warned that scammers continue to employ "new and creative methods" to defraud them out of thousands of pounds online.These include Student Loans Company (SLC) phishing scams, and Freshers Week tickets and student accommodation rental scams.David Janssen, a cybersecurity expert and founder of VPNOverview, has highlighted the most common online student scams - and advised Lanarkshire students on what to look out for and how to avoid them.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Regarding SLC phishing scams, Dr Janssen told Lanarkshire Live : "If your course started, or starts, in September, then your government student loan will be paid to you in three instalments, which you should receive this month and in January and April. "Scammers will choose to send ‘phishing’ emails or texts to students during these months, in which they falsely pose as the SLC asking you to verify personal banking information."These texts or emails often ask the user to log into their account and confirm their banking details via a ‘secure link’ in order to receive their first loan payment."This link will then direct the user to a copycat webpage that replicates the SLC website, which then steals your personal

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