Web security warning to new students

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Students in the Capital are being warned not to reveal too much personal information online as they could be victims of fraud.

The Student Loans Company (SLC), which provides loan payments, has warned that fraudsters are targeting first-year students, who will often be managing their finances for the first time.

An online survey of more than 1100 university applicants suggests many will invite new people they meet to be Facebook friends. And two-thirds reveal personal details that could aid thieves.

Heather Laing from SLC said: “Freshers are often managing their finances for the first time by themselves and we want them to make sure they’re keeping their personal and financial information safe, especially online.

“Students need to work with us to ensure their identity and financial details are protected.”