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Beware of malicious emails

It has come to our attention that, increasingly, international students are being targeted by ‘phishing’ emails. These are messages sent to try and obtain personal or financial information from you, or to try and trick you into making payments to fraudulent bank accounts.

Recently, some of these email scams have become very sophisticated and look convincing. If your first language is not English, it may be particularly difficult to pick up on subtle clues that they are not genuine.

An article in the student e-magazine Flint this week highlights some of the ways a phishing email may try to convince you. So, for example, it could appear to come from the University and even use the name of a genuine member of staff, or the University logo. Please be suspicious of any emails which are about money, and take care before clicking on links or opening attachments.

You can find more information, including current threats that have been identified at Sussex, at

You can report online scams through Action Fraud, the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre.

If you are concerned that you may have lost money, you can contact Jon Dale in the University’s Student Funding Team for advice (

By: Sara Dyer
Last updated: Friday, 6 October 2017