Warning as fraudsters target Hull education staff with phishing emails

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 22 Feb 2017

People working in businesses across the region are being warned not to fall victim to the latest internet scam.

Humberside Police have said hackers are targeting staff working in higher education institutions in the city, including the University of Hull and Hull College.

Fraudsters are sending out phishing emails, which asks their victims to click on a bogus link and enter personal details and financial information. The information is sent directly to the criminals, though, who can use it to access secure bank accounts.

The force's cyber crime team have posted a warning on their Twitter feed asking people working in the education sector in Hull to be wary.

"A new phishing campaign is currently in circulation with the primary function of gaining employee's personal and financial information," they posted, linking to the University and Hull College in the tweet."Fraudsters are sending emails to Higher Education employees claiming to be from the HR department. The email informs the staff member that they are entitled to a pay rise, advising the individual to click on a link attached to claim the pay rise.

"This link then directs the victim to a spoofed university website which requires you to enter your personal details, including university log information as well as financial information."

The cyber crime team have said people should not click the link and to use a strong password.

If you are unsure, check the email header and visit https://mxtoolbox.com/public/content/emailheaders/ for step by step instructions.

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