As a non-profit association, PTA can be vulnerable to cybercrimes. As a PTA leader, you are a person most likely to receive these types of emails.
Scam Emails and Spoofing
The senders email may appear to come from another officer in your PTA such as the President or Treasurer, your bank or one of your vendors to help make the request look legitimate, but the email address is spoofed. There are things you can check for:
There are a few things you and your board should be doing in order to protect your PTA:
Step to Take If Your PTA is Victim of Fraud
In the unfortunate event that a scammer is successful, here are are some steps your PTA should follow if funds came from your PTA account:
Money Handling Policy
Need some help putting your money handling policies together or updating them? Council's money handling policies is available for you to use as a sample. Still have questions? Contact Council Treasurer Brenae Brix.
More Online Safety Tips & How to Report Internet Fraud
If you got a phishing email or text message, report it. The information you give helps fight scammers.
Remember: There is nothing more urgent for your PTA than to follow best practices and policies to ensure you don't get caught in a scam!