University students are being targeted by scammers with fake tax refunds in an effort to steal money and personal details warn HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
The scammers are using seemingly legitimate university email addresses (for example ‘@uc.ac.uk’) in order to avoid detection. The tax authority has received thousands of fraud reports in just a few weeks from students at colleges across the UK.
This is the first time HMRC has seen a tax scam attack directly targeting university students in such high volumes and is encouraging all universities to raise awareness of scams.
Often HMRC related email scams spoof the branding of GOV.UK and well-known credit cards in an attempt to look authentic. The recipient’s name and email address may be included several times within the email itself. Fraudulent emails and texts will regularly include links which take students to websites where their information can be stolen.
Between April and September this year, HMRC requested that 7,500 of these phishing sites be deactivated. This compares to around 5,200 requests during the same period in 2017.
Follow phishing advice from HMRC:
• Recognise the signs – genuine organisations like banks and HMRC will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, password or bank details
• Stay safe – do not give out private information, reply to text messages, download attachments or click on links in emails you weren’t expecting
• Take action – forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to email@example.com and texts to 60599.
If you suffer financial loss, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use its online fraud reporting tool.
Check GOV.UK for information on how to avoid and report scams and recognise genuine HMRC contact.
Programme: Passport to Research Futures
Key details: Two hour lunchtime panel session with a buffet lunch and informal networking. For postdocs, research postgrads, research staff and early career academics in the Sciences.
During this session each panelist will cover their ideas and advice about how researchers can improve their research profile via publication in the Sciences. This will include guidance on key considerations in getting published, planning a publication strategy, and differences between disciplines. There will be an open Q&A session during the panel session as well as the opportunity to talk with the panelists over lunch.
(Passport to Research Futures Programme ILM subunit).
Date: Wed 5 Dec 2018
Panel: Dr Nicola Allison, Prof Josep Call, Dr David Shuker
To book visit PDMS
Eligibility criteria: Participants must be aged 18 years or over.
Taking Part: Click here to complete our brief online survey.
Study description:We invite you to participate in an online experiment aiming to assess how different decisional utterances (e.g. “I think there is a very good chance I am right”) are interpreted. You should note there are no right or wrong answers across our experiment we are simply interested in your opinions, which will be given in the form of ratings, across a range of utterances.
You will be asked to complete a short online experiment. The experiment will be divided into two major parts, I) a demographics information form and II) a decisional utterance questionnaire. During the demographics information form, you will first provide a small amount of demographic information (e.g. your Age, Gender and Nationality). During the decisional utterances questionnaire, you will be asked to make rating scale judgements about a series of contextualised decisional utterances (e.g. “I am very unsure my old response was correct”). The information you provide will be anonymous and, should you give permission in the Consent Form, shared with other bona fide researchers and used for future scholarly purposes. Before agreeing to participate in this research you will be provided with a Participant Information Sheet that will further detail our research, allowing you to be fully informed before giving consent.
If you would like any more information please email Josephine Urquhart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UTREC approval code: PS13645
Estates will be conducting maintenance work in and around the main entrance to the building on the evening of 27th November. This work will result in the closure of the main entrance to the building thus preventing access to the Physics library and the PC classroom. Both the library and the PC classroom will close early at 6pm, reopening as normal the following day.
The Library now has a prototype or draft design for the new homepage! Go to the prototype to take a look at the full page and sign in to leave feedback or comments – use a pseudonym when you register if you would like to remain anonymous. Comments will be gathered on the design until the morning of Monday 26 November. The prototype has been created by the University’s digital communications team using information from Library-run focus groups and a design sprint led by digital communications where staff and students described how the page should look and what information it should include (read about the design sprint on the digital communications blog). Thank you for your help!
Enrolments for next semester’s evening language programmes opened on 1st November with courses at many levels, including complete beginner, in a variety of languages. For the timetable and details of how to enrol go to: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/non-degree-courses/evening-language-courses/ and open the pdf under ‘Timetable and enrolment instructions’.
Library fines paid on Thursday 22 November (online through your Library record, or by card at the Main Library Service Desk) – up to a total for the day of £1,000 – will go to the charity Book Aid International (BAI). This year, money raised will go directly to BAI’s Mosul University Library project – to help restock the main library of Mosul University, destroyed by ISIS in 2015.
If you’d like to know more, please read our blog or contact: email@example.com
Unison is the biggest trade union in the country and we strive to help our members in all aspects of their working lives and even after they have retired.
A Recruitment and Welfare Drive will take place on Monday 26th November from 10.30 am until 2 pm outside the Students’ Association Building. We will also be promoting Unison’s welfare charity, There For You. The Branch Welfare Officer can provide confidential advice to those in financial need regarding getting help with heating costs, school uniform grants and debt solutions.
Why not come along on Monday to find out more or just to have a general chat? All are welcome and membership is open to anyone working for the University on a permanent, temporary or bank contract on Grades 1 to 5 inclusive. Unison members bringing along a non-member who takes out membership on the day will be entered into a prize draw.
The Branch Committee look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to discuss these with us in complete confidence.
University of St Andrews Branch
Telephone 07763 775477
This study is being conducted as part of a research project in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience, and has been given ethical approval (PS12215).
All participants will receive a £4 voucher which can be redeemed for cash in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.
We are interested in the effect of musical preference on communication style. You will rate various clips of music, and then participate in a recorded webcam interaction with another participant. The study should take less than 40 minutes and takes place in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.
The information you provide will be held confidentially by the researchers involved in this this project. Before agreeing to participate in this research you will be given a Participant Information Sheet that will further detail my/our research before consenting to participate.
Please sign up using the SONA system using this link – https://st-andrews.sona-systems.com/default.aspx?p_return_experiment_id=1001
Alternatively you can contact Clement Yueng (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fergus Neville (email@example.com)
We are looking for people to appear in video clips that will be used for research purposes. No experience required!
We will be making recordings of a group of people performing simple behaviours on cue – e.g., yawning, laughing, gasping etc. The resulting video clips will be shown to participants in psychological experiments.
We are looking for a mix of staff and students (undergraduates and postgraduates) to take part in making the videos.
The recording session is expected to take place at 12pm Friday 30th November, St Mary’s Quad. Recording will take about 1 hour and you will receive £5 for your time.
If you would like to take part, please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Making a research video”.