Cifas: Anti-Fraud Education lesson plans for KS3&4

Cifas: Anti-Fraud Education lesson plans for KS3&4

Anti-Fraud Education by Cifas’ is a set of four free lesson plans for secondary schools that focus on awareness of fraud, common scams, identity theft and money mules.

Cifas is the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, helping to protect individuals and organisations from fraud and financial crime. They have identified an increasing number of young people affected by fraud, either being targeted by online fraudsters or unwittingly engaging in fraudulent acts themselves.

The two lesson plans for key stage 3 students introduce the concept of fraud and the importance of digital literacy and data protection within the context of financial risk. The two lessons for key stage 4 build on this learning by encouraging students to think about their responsibility for financial information in more independent contexts.

Well planned and delivered PSHE education provides an ideal context for this learning, as it develops understanding of key concepts relating to financial risk and digital literacy – and explores the links between them.

The lessons aim to help students to:

  • Recognise what fraud is, why they may be targeted and how to seek support
  • Explain the consequences of committing fraud
  • Develop skills to protect their online information and personal data
  • Develop skills to critically evaluate the reliability of online content in relation to scams


PSHE Association Subject Specialist Jenny Fox says: “These lessons take an exciting and new approach to thinking about both online safety and economic wellbeing by focusing on fraud prevention through a planned PSHE programme. They introduce students to concepts such as online identity fraud and the risks of being recruited as a money mule. Throughout, lessons use interactive and engaging activities to relate learning to the experiences of young people. They also provide differentiated activity suggestions to provide both support and challenge materials. As online scams become a more ubiquitous concern, and fraudsters specifically target young people, these lessons could not be released at a more relevant and important time.”   

Chief Executive of Cifas Simon Dukes, says: “With fraud and cybercrime now the number one crime threat in the UK, it’s critical that we take every opportunity to educate young people on how to protect themselves from either being victims of, or committing, crimes themselves.

“On behalf of the Joint Fraud Taskforce, we have launched these new lessons plans with the PSHE Association, to educate young people about how serious this fraud is.”


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