Our Advice & Money Team offer some handy tips on how to notice fraud, as well as preventing yourself from falling into the trap…
Our Advisers have seen Cardiff students targeted and want to increase awareness amongst students and encourage you to be aware of what you should look out for and what you should and shouldn’t do to stay safe from fraud.
We strongly advise students to follow the advice given by Action Fraud ‘Protect Yourself from Fraud’, which says: –
Do not give any personal information (name, address, bank details, email or phone number) to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.
Many frauds start with a phishing email. A common one we see is students receiving fishing emails from the Student Loans Company. Remember that banks and financial institutions will not send you an email asking you to click on a link and confirm your bank details. Do not trust these emails. If you are unsure about the authenticity of an email you can always call your bank using the phone number on a genuine piece of correspondence, website (typed directly into the address bar) or the phone book to check if you’re not sure.
Destroy and preferably shred any documents that have your name and address or card details on. Identity fraudsters don’t need much information in order to be able to clone your identity.
Make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software and a firewall installed. Ensure your browser is set to the highest level of security notification and monitoring to prevent malware issues and computer crimes.
If you receive bills, invoices or receipts for things you haven’t bought, take action. Your identity may have been stolen.
You should regularly get a copy of your credit file and check it for entries you don’t recognise. Callcredit, Equifax and Experian can all provide your credit file. An identity protection service such as ProtectMyID monitors your Experian credit report and alerts you by email or SMS to potential fraudulent activity
If you need advice about fraud
Call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to discuss your situation with a specialist fraud advisers. To report a fraud, you can either call 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
If you would like to speak to an Adviser in our Advice & Money team please do not hesitate to contact us or call in and see us Thursday 26th November in Y Plas (student’s union) between 11am and 2pm, Student Safety Event.
Contact the Advice & Money Team
We are available for drop-in and bookable appointments and can be found at:
- Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place, Student High Street
- Student Support Centre at Cardigan House, Heath Park
- Advice & Money also have a dedicated office in Cardiff Business School
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