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Farmers still being targeted by scam

Borders farmers are among those still being targeted in a banking fraud scam according to NFUS.

Over the weekend, farmers in the Borders and Angus received fake phone calls and have contacted NFUS about unsuccessful attempts to strip thousands of pounds out of their farm accounts. Unfortunately, in recent weeks, a small number of farmers have been defrauded of substantial sums of money.

Given that reports of fraudsters contacting farmers are increasing and businesses have been affected, the Union feels vigilance must be stepped up.

Fraudsters contact farmers claiming that they represent their bank and that suspicious payments or cheques have been set up or drawn against their farm accounts. They then ask farmers to provide account details to make the account secure, with the intent of illegally accessing and using the funds in that account.

NFU Scotland’s finance director Colin Gordon said: “These criminals are organised, calculating and convincing – please do not fall for this. Some Scottish farmers now know from bitter experience that if you unwittingly provide your account information to the fraudsters, they will use it to strip your account.”

 

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