Sinn Féin councillor Colin Kelly has warned young people in Derry to be vigilant after emails claiming to be from the Student Loans Company were sent to a number of local students recently.
The emails, which are in fact not from the Student Loans Company, requested personal information such as bank account details.
Colr. Kelly appealed to local students to be on their guard against the scam.
“Sinn Féin has been contacted by constituents who received an email from someone pretending to be from the Student Loans Company (SLC) asking for them to confirm their personal details, including their bank account numbers.
“However they quickly realised that the SLC did not hold that email address on their database so immediately wanted us to highlight this issue,” he said.
The councillor also said similar scams had been reported at this time of the year in previous years.
“Sinn Féin representatives contacted the SLC to be sure and they have assured us that they would never request personal details by email. I would encourage people in Derry to be vigilant if they receive an email from someone labelling themselves as the SLC. Such emails are common at this time of the year because fraudsters know students are about to receive their final loan instalments.
“If you have already given your details in response to this scam email, please contact the Student Loan Company immediately on 0141 306 2000 or Consumerline on 0300 123 6262”.