School Books Scam

The school books scam has been around for years and seems to be making a comeback.

The scam starts when you receive a phone call from someone “thanking you” for supporting their cause and “agreeing” to advertise in a school booklet that will be distributed through local schools “of your choice”.

They claim you agreed to advertise and support them some months ago and the booklets “are now ready”.

This is of course a scam and they are lying to you, simply tell them you dont ever recall agreeing to this and that you are not interested. If they threaten legal action (very rare they normally just put the phone down) let them take you – every case we have ever heard of from visitors to this website has been thrown out of court.

262 thoughts on “School Books Scam”

  1. Hi just had a call from a guy at 'TCC' (Googling brings up this site: with similar claims that we supported a campaign for child safety some time ago and he 'just needs to know what schools you want it to go out to', random and as a business, nothing we have sponsored. Contact number given is Manchester (0161 443 3000).

    Had a similar 'scam' calling us a few months ago, suspect it's the same group, thanking us for supporting our local police and the work we have done with them and wanting us to confirm support for next year. Again, nothing we have agreed to, we are a commercial, B2B company and I query what police, local police the caller says, so to call their bluff I say Grampian Police, in Scotland we now have on force, Police Scotland – caller confirmed 'yeh Grampian Police' – I hung up.

    Don't be duped, they are clearly working on the onus that they get some poor unsuspecting soul that will swallow their lies and hand over card details for a payment. Disgusting.

  2. Fell for this scam a few months ago and paid £200 for some books i have never seen or heard of. Usually very vigilant and avoid this stuff. Had a phone call today from someone puporting to be from thr National debt recovery agency saying they were sending bailiffs around in an hour. was saying the contract I agreed to was not £200 but £200 recurring monthly and I was now £2000 in debt plus fees. Remembered |I had had an email from the same company saying that there were people coming round to claim further money from their clients. Scammers scamming the scammers? An hour and a half later nobody. Think I've called his bluff but very scarry.

  3. Just had a call from a woman with a strong Lancs accent claimimg that we had agreed to sponsor the Child Safety Campaign in April just gone. When I challenged her by saying I was a director and had not agreed to this in April or at any other time, she just hung up. 

  4. I have just received a call from someone claiming that the drugs awareness packs I had agreed to sponsor some months ago were ready and all I had to do now was let them know which school they should be sent to. when I queried this, she told me that there were a range of possible levels of sponsorship from £189 up to £750. She told me that, during our 'previous conversation' I had 'chosen' the lower one… I told her I had no memory of this, she told me she would check with the 'complaints department'. I don't expect to be hearing back from them. 

  5. Have been caught out before on this type of scam (bullying booklet). There is another one doing the rounds Owl House Books ( promising booklets and books to a school of your choice blah blah blah. Now 'based' in Ashton Under Lyne. Could not be given a direct number to an 'Alexandra' because she was in 'dispatch'. Please don't have anything to do with them. YOU WILL BE STUNG.

  6. I received a call from "Child Guidance" in Congletone saying I had agreed to sponsor anti drug books for schools,. They offered me the "Reduced rate" if I paid then and there. THis didn't seem right so I hung up and checked it out online and discovered it is a scam. I have now received an invoice and a copy of teh booklet (awful). I have reported them to Action Fraud.

  7. Hi, I have just received a phone call, telling me I had agreed to advertise in a drug awareness booklet to be sent to a school of my choice, I don't recall agreeing to this, but was not 100% sure. It was when they asked for £189 I became suspicious, they also offered a discount of £30 if I paid now. To buy time and check them out, I agreed to them sending a booklet for my inspection. After the phone call I typed “Drug awareness campaign in local schools” into Google and this website was top of the list. I have reported the scam to the non emergency police number to ask for their advise on dealing with this matter. When they have looked into it and get back to me with their advice, I will post the reply on this website. Running a business is hard enough, without having to deal with this kind of thing, I do hope the Police take this seriously and don't just try to brush it under the mat.

    Tim Hitchcock. 

  8. Just had a call from an unknown number.  The caller claimed that I'd agreed to sponsor a drug and sex awareness program that would send books and DVDs out to local secondary schools. She then asked who the invoice for £189 should be made out to.  At this point I told her that I had not agreed to any sponsorship.  She then claimed that she had a recording from someone talking to 'My name' at 'My company name'.  I told her those were the correct details but I definitely would not have agreed to pay £189.  She then said she'd pass the details back to the publication team and would check the recording.  I have absolutely no recollection of agreeing to sponsor any program and certainly not for £189.  Almost definite this is a scam so don't expect to hear back from them. 

  9. I've had the same issue as well, a company called TTC (troubled teens campaign) called towards the end of last year thanking me for supporting the anti bullying cause and that the books were ready to send, I said that I didn't remember agreeing to this but maybe the site manager or area manager had so i'd check with them, I'd never agree to anything like that off my own back (mainly as i'd then have to explain why i spent £200 of the company's money without getting approval first) they asked me to set a password just so they can "verify it's me" during any future communications, since then have had several calls a week (yet oddly not once have they asked for my password) I have explained that I personally did not agree to sponsor anything, neither have my managers, or anyone else in the company, now they are claiming that because I set a password that I've created an account, not once have I received any written documentation! so as far as i'm concered have signed no contract or any other legally binding obligation…definitely a scam! my head office is now dealing with it… i'm just annoyed I didn't realise sooner as it would have saved a lot of annoyance and harrassment, but it's easy to see how people could be taken in by it and part with their cash!

  10. Had call yesterday was informed that i had agreeded in NOVEMBER by me that i would help to support DEVELOPING AWARENESS TO ADOLESCENTS suprised and understatment don't ever remember a call THE COMPANY D.A.T.A northern ltd 

    guess what i was on holiday so how did they talk to me OH MUST BE SOMEONE IN YOU OFFICE USEING YOUR NAME 



  11. They are still at it! Got a call from DATA-LTD today stringing the same old story and asking for £290 with a £30 reduction if I paid today.I got a contact number to call them back – check who they were – and it appears to be the same company in all the other complaints. I spoke to a 'supervisor' named Jade asking for the payment. Im not that dim pal!

  12. 11.39 – 24.03.2017 phone call received from 07902314845 claiming to be High Sheriffs coming to collect an unpaid debt owed for a drug awareness booklet to be distributed to local schools with an advert for my company. I checked the internet at the time 01.12.14 and discovered it was a scam. I reported it to the police and actionfraud who confirmed it was a scam. No magazines were distributed to schools in the area and the police had not been approached about the matter.

    I checked the internet today 24.03.17 to discover the fraud was still happening. I phoned the number claiming to be a High Sheriff to inform him about the scam and to warn him that I had spoken to the police who had advised me not to let him in and to call them if  he turned up, at which point the so called Sheriff  hung up.

    I am waiting now to see if the High Sheriff actually turns up.

    I will update this post.

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