Phishers target university students paying fees online

A few days ago, we wrote about a bogus university website stealing photos and content from the website of a legitimate Oregon college in order to collect application fees from aspiring students.

Unfortunately, this is not the only instance of scams targeting the student population. Lately, phishers have been busy trying to make students of various UK and US universities land on spoofed sites in order to collect as much information as possible.

Symantec’s researchers have discovered quite a few of them that popped up during February.

Two – targeting students of a UK-based university who want to effect to online payments of student fees or university invoices – tried to get the users to deliver their username and password, National Insurance Number (the UK equivalent of a Social Security number) and credit card information:

The phishers targeting the students of a US university were a little less demanding, settling for just the username and the password. Although, students are not the only ones with online accounts to the university websites – the faculty and other employees can be targeted as well.

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