General 145: Information – Increased fraud risk during the (COVID-19) pandemic

Please see below from the ESFA Update – Latest news for local authorities: 22 April 2020

Periods of instability, such as during the coronavirus pandemic, bring an increased risk of fraud. Fraudsters will actively exploit these difficult times and will target vulnerable areas for financial gain.

We have been informed some learners and parents have received a letter from ESFA asking for personal learner bank details in relation to the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. We never ask for personal bank account details. This is a fraudulent letter – please do not respond.

Where possible, it would be helpful for institutions to share this message with parents and students through your communication channels.

1 comment on “General 145: Information – Increased fraud risk during the (COVID-19) pandemic

  1. Ken Johnson says:

    Fraudsters will always look to take advantage of others, they know that more of us are spending time online, that we have added pressures and may be struggling financially and emotionally, these frauds will take many different shapes so –
    Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
    Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
    Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud*.
    Your bank or the police will NEVER ask you to transfer money or move it to a safe account.
    Stay safe.

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