We have been asked to circulate the following information by the Finance Service Team at Staffordshire County Council:

“Some schools have already reported that parents and carers of children in receipt of free school meals are being targeted by fraudsters.

Fraudsters are targeting families, emailing parents and carers with messages such as:‘ If your child is entitled to free school meals send your bank details to the school and they will help with funding while the school is closed’.

The email contains links for the parents to follow if they want to receive the this funding – these links are fake.

This is a scam. Please share this information with parents and carers to make them aware of this scam.”

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “We have already contacted families who qualify for Free School Meals (FSM) and arrangements are in place.”