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Alert message sent 23/03/2020 12:12:00

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scam Warning: Covid-19 Free School Meals Scam
As intimated in previous emails there has been an increase in the number of Covid-19 scams.  The scam below goes to show just how low the scammers will stoop with no boundaries to their morality.
The Department for Education have announced that some parents have received emails 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 is not official.  They are urging parents who receive emails like this to not respond, or forward them on, simply delete them immediately.
Furthermore, should you have any queries relating to free school meals or other educational Covid-19 related matters then please contact the DfE direct via their helpline - details below: 
DfE coronavirus helpline - Telephone 0800 046 8687            
For  queries about coronavirus (COVID-19), relating to schools and other educational establishments in England.

Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and weekends 10am to 4pm.
Or via their website at
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.
If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133
Kind regards
PCSO 21122 Maggie Sumner
Widnes Police.
Message sent by
Margaret Sumner (Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU)

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