Information: increased fraud risk during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Below is a message from the Education & Skills Funding Agency regarding a recent bursary fraud.

Information: increased fraud risk during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Periods of instability, such as during the coronavirus pandemic, bring an increased risk of fraud. Fraudsters will actively exploit these difficult times and will target vulnerable areas for financial gain.

We have been informed some learners and parents have received a letter from ESFA asking for personal learner bank details in relation to the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. We never ask for personal bank account details. This is a fraudulent letter – please do not respond.

For more information you can visit the ESFA website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/esfa-update-22-april-2020/esfa-update-local-authorities-22-april-2020