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In News by Bembridge PC

Trading Standards are warning Farm Businesses to remain extra vigilant to the increased risk of fraud as they go through the process of registering and claiming under the Basic Payment Scheme. The fraudsters are aware of the timing of the BPS, as much of the information on who receives payments is publicly available. From this criminals are able to target specific individuals. Farmers should look out for fraudsters calling or emailing claiming to represent the Rural Payments Agency, their bank or the police. The victim is usually convinced to hand over bank account details.

Be wary of unsolicited approaches by phone and Remember –

  • Criminals may already have basic information about you in their possession (e.g. name, address, account details), so do not assume a caller is genuine because they have these details or because they claim to represent a legitimate organisation

Your bank or the police will never…

  • Phone you to ask for your 4 digit card PIN or your online banking password, even by tapping them into the telephone keypad
  • Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping
  • Ask you to transfer money to a new account for fraud reasons, even if they say it is in your name
  • Send someone to your home to collect your cash, PIN, payment card or cheque book if you are a victim of fraud
  • Ask you to purchase goods using your card and then hand them over for safe- keeping

Any farmer who is concerned or suspicious should contact their bank in the first instance. More information on fraud prevention can be obtained from Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK)