We have been advised by the Charity Commission to make parents aware of a ‘Payment Diversion Fraud’ which may reach them via an email which would appear to come from Kingsmead School. The email outlines details and payment instructions for settling the latest school fees by giving account details for the money to be paid into.
The advice given to Parents is as follows:
- Always establish an email payment change request directly with the school, via the official, established contact details you have on file. Be alert to unexpected or notably increased fee requests
- Be vigilant and always scrutinise requests to amend payment procedures. Check for inconsistencies and grammatical errors in external emails, such as a misspelt school name or a slightly different email address; these can be warning signs of fraud
- Don’t be afraid to question and to verify details if being asked to make fee payments into a new bank account
If you fall victim to payment fraud, you should report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting the Action Fraud website (https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/).
For your information, Kingsmead School does not intend to amend or change its banking details from those already used. These appear on the bottom of your fee invoice.