With warnings from Student Finance last month on the risks facing students, Chris Teale reports for the University of East Anglia’s Concrete on the fraudulent message which ensnared a student:
A second year international student from UEA has had his bank account closed after unwittingly being involved in fraud after replying to a scam email sent to his Webmail account in August.
The student received a so-called “phishing” email that pretended to be from Crowther Investment Corporation, a financial investment firm based in the United States.
The message offered a bogus position of Finance Officer, and he completed an application form provided by a follow-up email before then being offered training as part of his new role.
However, this training involved being part of a fraudulent transaction that saw money transferred to his bank account before he was then instructed to send those funds to an account in Ukraine using the MoneyGram money transfer service, for which he received a payment of £30.
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