Farmers warned of fraudsters as BPS payments set to roll

Farmers are being warned to be vigilant and aware of fraud and cybersecurity attacks as Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments will soon start dropping into bank accounts.

 

The BPS payments window opened on Tuesday 1 December and farmers should be careful of any suspicious calls, texts or emails.

 

Fraudsters are aware of the timing of these payments and the criminals are able to directly target individuals, making their approaches appear more convincing.

 

Payments for agri-environment schemes, including Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship, are also due during the December to June window.

 

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) said it will never call or send texts or emails asking you to confirm personal details or payment information.

 

The RPA issued this advice to reduce the chances of being scammed:

 

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, FraudInConfidence@rpa.gov.u, or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

 

 

Blog post uploaded 4 Dec 2020