Around this time each year many students are greeted by a legitimate-looking email appearing to be from the Student Loans Company. In fact it's a scam set up by criminals attempting to trick students into revealing their bank details.
The Genuine Student Loans Company offers the following advice:
STUDENTS: BE WEB-SAFE THIS AUTUMN
It's a sad fact of online life that students will receive many online fraud (phishing) messages trying to get access to their financial information or University computing accounts. CiCS is successful in blocking over 90% of nuisance messages but the criminals find more inventive ways of bypassing systems,
CiCS will be emailing online security advice to students very soon and we are also using social media to spread the message as widely ass possible.