This months issue of the Prevent Bulletin focuses on acid attacks
March 2018 Issue contents
- Acid attacks on the rise
- Schools affected by fraud
- Hoax bomb threats to West Midlands Schools
Our main topic is on the rise in acid attacks
Lately in the news and on social media you will have noticed the increasing concern and rising numbers of people that fall victim to acid attacks.
Throughout 2017 the number of acid attacks continued to rise, with 2018 seeing a further increase in these hideous crimes. Acid attacks can kill and horrifically maim, if you are witness to an acid attack it is important that you know what to do to help.
We are also covering CEO Fraud and how to avoid it
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has seen an increase in recent weeks in the volume of CEO Fraud reports where schools are the targeted victim.
Someone who purports to be the head teacher of the school has been making contact with schools, contacting a member of staff with responsibility for authorising financial transfers and requesting that a bank transfer be made urgently. Amounts that have been requested range from £8,000 to £10,000.
Contact is made by email and from a spoofed/similar email address to the one the Head Teacher would use.
Finally, we are also covering the recent school hoaxes that has affected schools in the West Midlands this month
Katie Piper was viciously attacked in 2008, since the attack Katie has campaigned hard to help other victims of acid attacks and has set up the Katie Piper Foundation of which it’s website is at https://katiepiperfoundation.org.uk/
If you have been affected by CEO fraud, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.