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Warning: Smartphone scam

A number of posters have appeared in student residences, claiming to offer free smart phones, pre-loaded with credit, to Warwick students. These posters are a scam - do not follow the link, or scan the QR code they display.

An example of the poster, together with a screengrab of the false insite news page the link takes you to, is shown below. The page mimics an insite news page and looks authentic, but it is part of the scam and not a genuine University page. We are currently investigating the source of the scam, and are in contact with the organisation providing the short link to have it removed. We have also contacted the communications colleagues at other Russell Group universities to make them aware of this scam targeted at students.

What to do

If you see any of these posters in your residence, please remove and report them to your resident tutor.

If you have given any personal details on this webpage, contact the IT Security Service at CSIIRT@warwick.ac.uk, or call the ITS Help Desk on 02476 5 73737.

How to know if an link is real

It can be hard to know whether a link is real from the short code, but you can check the url of the page you are directed to, which for genuine Warwick pages should begin www2.warwick.ac.uk/.... The best advice, however, is: if in doubt, don't follow a link and get in touch with the ITS helpdesk.

The scam poster and website - THIS IS NOT A GENUINE OFFER TO OUR STUDENTS

Scam poster Scam webpage