Payments – be aware of fraud

28 November 2023

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Photograph: David Molina Grande

Anyone can become the target of a fraudster, and with agricultural payments going through a period of change, the NFU and Defra are urging farmers to be vigilant about scams.

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:

How to report fraud

If you suspect an attempted fraud or feel you have been the subject of fraud, you can contact:

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.

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