The Police have asked us to warn parents that UK private school fee payments are being actively targeted by cyber criminals.
The attack begins with an email sent to parents stating the latest payment details for school fees. The email appears official and at times is being sent from the schools’ own compromised email system. The new bank details belong to the hackers and results in all school fees being diverted into the criminal’s accounts. Whilst we have confidence in the security of our email systems we would ask parents to be very cautious if you receive any emails stating a change of payment detail or containing unexpected attachments. You should telephone the school on the usual telephone number, not one contained within the email and double check the validity of all information before making any payment.
Should we at any time change our bank account details this will be notified well in advance and will also be stated on your invoices. If you believe you have fallen victim to fraud please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/have