General 145: Information – Increased fraud risk during the (COVID-19) pandemic
Posted on 4 May 2020 by Education Finance
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.