Royal Bank of Scotland has issued an urgent scam alert after new statistics revealed over three in four (76%) students are actively targeted by criminals.

Students studying in Edinburgh, Exeter and York are particularly likely to have been targeted – with more than four in five in each of those areas having experienced fraud, the research found. It also indicated that students in Glasgow are the least likely to be targeted by scams, although the numbers are still high, with more than three in five having been subjected to fraud.

In general, delivery scams are common, with people receiving bogus texts advising that an attempt was made to deliver a parcel from either Royal Mail or DHL and there would now be an additional charge.

However, this actually links to a fake Royal Mail or DHL website and requests additional information which will then later be used to scam the student out of…

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