General 151: Be Aware: Primary Schools targeted for false High Court Writ payments

Devon Audit Partnership has requested that we share the following message from Cifas with schools:

Cifas has received intelligence that primary schools may be targeted by threat actors claiming there was a High Court Writ against the head teacher for something that supposedly the school has stopped paying years ago. They demanded that £3,000 be paid over the phone in order to stop enforcement officers coming into the premises. It is noted the threat actor spoke quickly using legal terms and became aggravated with the recipient in an attempt to apply pressure. If you believe you have received this call, it is advised to not engage in the conversation and ask for the information to be emailed. Do not disclose any personal or financial details over the phone or make any payments.

Please contact Devon Audit Partnership if you need any help or advice.

Ken Johnson – Counter Fraud Services Manager:

ken.johnson@devon.gov.uk or ken.johnson@plymouth.gov.uk

The Counter Fraud Services Team:

corporatefraud@plymouth.gov.uk

Telephone 01752 304450

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