The free school meals scam tricking parents affected by coronavirus school closures

Scammers are targeting parents of children eligible for free school meals, the Department for Education has warned.

Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 8:58 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 9:17 am

Parents are being sent an email asking them to send their bank details in order for their child to receive free meals during the coronavirus pandemic.

The email says: “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.”

It comes as millions of children all over the UK stay at home following school closures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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A schoolboy heads home as schools are closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Many parents are facing financial difficulty as a result, as their children are no longer getting their free school meal every day and instead need to be fed at home.

A spokesperson for the DfE said: “This is a scam email - do not respond, and delete immediately.”