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Watchdogs warn over truancy fines conmen.

CONSUMER watchdogs in Birmingham are warning parents over a scam where fraudsters are cold calling victims and demanding they pay truancy fines.

Birmingham City Council's Trading Standards team has issued a warning after a parent of a pupil in Essex received a phone call from someone purporting to be from the Education Welfare Service.

"They state that their child had not attended school that day and as a result they had to pay a fine of PS340," said a spokesman. "The parent was asked to provide her debit card details and she made a payment over the phone.

"While this appears to so far have been an isolated incident and there have been no victims in Birmingham, we want to remind people that the Education Welfare Service does not phone parents demanding payment immediately over the phone.

"Invoices and penalty notices are sent via the post."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:Mar 18, 2013
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