Online student safety guide
Police Scotland aims to provide you with important safety advice about how you can avoid becoming a victim of crime.
Common frauds students are experiencing today can range from the more recognisable face-to-face fraud to those carried out by someone anonymously online.
Advances in technology enable you to carry out day-to-day tasks more easily which are frequently exploited by fraudsters interested in your personal information and money.
This guide will equip you with information and advice which will increase your awareness and prepare you to be able to identify potential frauds and prevent the loss of your valuable data to those intent on stealing it.
You might see online ads that appear genuine, but don’t be fooled. Take a moment to consider what is actually being offered.
Terms such as "earn from the comfort of your own home", "must be willing to provide bank details", "make £250 a week – no experience necessary" – these are all red flags that could indicate you are being targeted as a money mule.
If you have any information about money mules, call Police: 101 for non-emergencies, 999 in an emergency or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at on the Crimestoppers website.
Alternatively, support will be available from your student advisor.
For further information visit the money mules website.
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