I’ve just received an e-mail apparently from the Sudent Loan Company telling me that my loan has been cancelled. Which is strange as I’ve not applied for one.
This e-mail is of course a very convincing scam, that latest variation on a theme. Clicking on the link takes you to a page that looks very much like the Directgov website where you’ll be asked to enter your customer reference number and password. Look at the web address at the top of your browser, however, and you’ll quickly realise this is a fake web page. This is called phishing – and if you’ve entered your details the scammer will now have access to your loan account.
If you receive this e-mail DO NOT click on the link or enter any details. The real web address for the Student Loan Company is www.slc.co.uk, and for Directgov student loan page www.studentfinance.direct.gov.uk. If you see anything else in your browser’s address box, get out of there straight away.
I’ve reproduced the scam e-mail below for your information. If you know anyone who is going to University of College this year please pass on this advice.
This is a message for all students receiving grants and loans from the Students Loan Company.
You are required to verify your account information in order to avoid any delay in your loan/grant payments. Do this here now by visiting http://www.studentfinance.direct.gov.uk/ (Hyperlink removed)
Student Finance England