University students, including those in the Granite City, are being targeted by scammers.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have said that fraudsters are offering students fake tax refunds in a bid to steal money and their personal details.
According to HMRC, seemingly legitimate university email addresses are being used in an effort to avoid detection.
It is the largest direct attack the tax body has seen, with thousands of fraud attempts being reported across the country.
A spokeswoman for Aberdeen University said staff were on hand to help with any security queries.
She said: “The online security of our students and staff is a priority for the university.
“In addition to our technical protection, we regularly provide information and guidance to allow students to be alert to the increasing number of potential online scams.
“In October, as part of European Cyber Security Month, the university provided students and staff with guidance highlighting some of the tactics scammers may employ in order to try and defraud individuals, as well as tips to try and avoid falling victim to online attacks.
“Advice on what someone should do if they do fall victim to an online scam was also provided.
“Staff from the university’s digital directorate service centre provide assistance with any security queries and were also on hand at the recent health and wellbeing days, giving advice on staying safe online.”
HMRC said it was working with universities to raise awareness of the scams.
The fraudsters often use email scams that spoof government websites to look authentic, and links to websites which allow them to steal information.
Financial Secretary Mel Stride said: “HMRC will never inform you about tax refunds by email, text or voicemail. If you receive one of these messages it is a scam.
“Do not click on any links in these messages, and forward them to HMRC’s phishing email address.
“Although HMRC is cracking down hard on internet scams, criminals will stop at nothing to steal personal information. I’d encourage all students to become phishing aware – it could save you a lot of money.”
Director of Action Fraud Pauline Smith said: “Devious fraudsters will try every trick in the book to convince victims to hand over their personal information, often with devastating consequences.
“It is vital that students spot the signs of fraudulent emails to avoid falling victim by following HMRC’s advice.
“Together with HMRC, we work tirelessly to stop fraudsters in their tracks and to prevent unsuspecting members of the public from falling victim to fraud.”