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ACTION FRAUD - PRIVATE SCHOOL FEES SCAM

Parents of children schooled privately are being asked to pay fees which are intercepted by fraudsters.

A scam in which fraudsters contact parents for private schooling fees has been brought to the attention of Dorset Police.

The scam begins with criminals emailing parents with payment instructions for due schooling fees. The emails are sent from the school’s own compromised email system, although there have been instances of a similar address being used. 

The victim will transfer funds into the fraudster’s account, which will have been moved on before the fraud is identified. In several cases, there has been evidence of social engineering at play within the email, with the criminal suggesting a discount if parents pay early.

Scams should be reported to Action Fraud (the national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre) on 0300 123 2040.

Alternatively you can sign up to Action Fraud Alert to receive direct, verified and accurate information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message.