The RPA continues to remind claimants of risks of fraud when in the process of claiming agricultural payments.
Fraudsters may target farmers who receive support payments. The RPA is aware that in the past some customers have received emails, texts and telephone calls claiming to be from the RPA or Defra.
Fake website links
Links to a fake website designed to look like an authentic RPA or Defra online service are sometimes included in the message.
The RPA will not send emails or text messages with links to websites asking you to confirm your personal details or payment information.
Do not open suspect links
They strongly advise anyone who receives such a request not to open the link, and delete the item.
Reminders to help you stay safe
As fraudsters may target farmers who receive subsidy payments, remember:
- never discuss your bank account details with someone you do not know
- do not make a payment over the phone
- delete any emails or texts you do not believe are genuine
- do not open any links unless from the RPA's main email addresses, which are:
- be cautious about what information you share externally, particularly on social media
How to report fraud
If you suspect an attempted fraud or feel you have been the subject of fraud, you can contact:
- The RPA’s Fraud Referral Team on 0800 347 347 or [email protected]
- Action Fraud (the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime) on 0300 123 2040 or online at actionfraud.police.uk.
Please also let the NFU know by contacting CallFirst, so that we can raise awareness with our members. You can do so either by calling us on 0370 845 8458 or by completing the online enquiry form below.