Press Release

Scam warning over school meals reimbursement

24 March 2020

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Trading Standards Department has been made aware of a recent scam in Wales regarding school meals reimbursement.

Scam warning over Free School Meal reimbursement

Parents are being contacted and asked for their bank details in order to be reimbursed payments they have made to buy food for their children.
Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Community Safety, Cllr Leanne Jones, said:  “We would remind parents that under no circumstances should they provide their bank details to anyone they do not know. Neither the Local Education Authority nor the schools would ever ask for these details”.
If you wish to report any such incidents please contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223113 or 0808 2231144.  If you wish to speak to an advisor in Welsh or Action Fraud on 03001232040 https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/  or https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/welsh.

Also, Neath Port Talbot Council is reminding residents of Government advice regarding new measures to slow the advance of Coronavirus to save lives.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said on Monday (March 23rd, 2020) : "From now on, all high street shops will be closed, except those selling food, pharmacies, banks and post offices.

"Local NHS services, including your GP, will continue to be open.

"All social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, as well as gatherings of more than two people in public should not take place. Funerals will continue to be held but only with close family present.

"We’re asking everyone to stay at home – please only go out once a day to shop for basic food if you have to and to exercise close to home.

"Everyone should now also work from home, if you can.

"Now these are really big changes for us all. We are making them because of the speed the virus is continuing to spread.

"Please help us protect you and to save lives. Together, we can do this."

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