Phishing is experiencing worrying growth (illustration).



The offer sounded credible but was a little too good to be true.

On November 5, the more than 2,000 students of the 4 IUTs of the Caen pole received an email transferred by the administration of their university itself, reports



Supposed to come from the "University of Laval" in Quebec, he was promoting a supposed "Canadian scholarship 2020-2021".

It was actually a phishing attempt, a fraudulent technique used by hackers to retrieve information, often banking information, from Internet users.

A scholarship too advantageous to be credible

It was not until a week later that University services warned the students of the danger.

“Hello, you received the message below a few days ago.

It appears that this proposal is fraudulent.

Indeed, the costs are important, and must be sent to a person residing in Benin ”, warns the establishment in an email that


was able to consult.

Upon closer examination of the email, the administration eventually discovered that the source was suspicious.

However, the very content of the proposal could have caught the University's ears.

Not only did the supposed scholarship promise to cover the costs of three years of study in Canada but also to pay for the plane ticket to travel to the country.

All without any real condition of acceptance except to be over 18 years old and the baccalaureate in hand.

Fortunately, no student fell into the trap.

To believe that the prospect of a stay in Canada will not have made the students of the IUT of Caen lose their clairvoyance.

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