School Fees Diversion Fraud Alert

We have been alerted to the following scam warning by Dorset Police: 

Scam warning – 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.
Once the victim has transfered funds into the fraudster’s account, the money is 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.

While there have been no reported cases in Dorset to date, the alert serves as a reminder to exercise caution when making transactions online.
For information and advice about scams in Dorset, go to the Fraud Alert page of our website – Scams should be reported to Action Fraud (the national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre) on 0300 123 2040.