Schools have been warned about scammers who ask for the head teachers address, then send over a virus and demands for thousands of pounds in ransom. Action Fraud has issued an alert to warn teachers of the dangers posed by cold-callers posing as officials from the “Department of Education”.

The fraudsters ask for a personal email address or the phone number of the head, claiming to want to speak to them over sensitive issues about mental health or exams for example which cannot be sent to the generic school email account. The email the head teachers then receive contains a zip file which includes ransomware. Once downloaded it will encrypt files and demand money – in some cases up to £8000 to unlock them.

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