We are aware of emails claiming to be from HMRC offering tax rebates as a result of #coronavirus If you receive an email, text or call claiming to be from HMRC that asks you to click on a link or to give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, it’s a scam.
We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported.’
The DfE have confirmed that this is a scam email and it is not official. We urge parents that if you receive emails like this DO NOT RESPOND and delete it immediately.
There’s a wealth of information about current frauds and scams, particularly those being sent by text and email, on the Action Fraud web site. The site is run by the City of London Police working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) who are responsible for assessment of the reports and to ensure that your fraud reports reach the right place. The City of London Police is the national policing lead for economic crime.