How to spot a phishing email

Last week a large number of students received a phishing email, asking students to open and pay an invoice.

What is phishing?:  Phishing is a process that cyber criminals use to deceive email recipients into sharing sensitive information with them.

How to spot a phishing email: 

Typically in a phishing email scam, you will receive an email that appears to come from a reputable and recognisable source, such as:

  • Banks
  • Social media (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Online games
  • Online services with access to your financial information (e.g., iTunes, student loans, accounting services)
  • Departments in the University

What to do; To protect against phishing attacks, it’s good practice not to click on links in email messages. Instead, navigate directly to the correct page via google or use a bookmark.

Phishing emails may also include attachments, which if opened can infect your device.

If you receive any emails of this nature, or suspect that something doesn’t seem right, please contact the IT service helpdesk on 01483 68 9898.


If you have news of anything similar happening to a fellow students please do let us know
so we can share and keep everyone informed.