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'Clever' online scammers target farm businesses across the UK

Farmers were being warned of ’clever’ scams targeting rural businesses.


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Farmers must be increasingly aware of scams as ‘clever’ fraudsters target rural businesses.

 

NatWest and Lloyds Bank warned farmers not to be complacent and to double check the payments they were making.

 

Jackie Mitchell, commercial manager at NatWest, said one frequent scam was sending an invoice pretending to be someone the farmer works with, with the incorrect details on it.

 

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They also targeted periods of time when farmers would have money in their account or would be particularly busy, so less likely to double check.


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“A lot of people think I would never fall for it. It is amazing how clever those people are," said Ms Mitchell.

 

She added if it was a scam and a farmer had sent money without checking the details were correct, it was very difficult to get it back.

 

Lloyds Bank relationship manager Mike Churcher warned these scams were becoming difficult to detect with a client having an email he was expecting intercepted and the bank details changed.

 

“If you are the receiver of that email, call them and say I want to confirm you have sent me the email and the last three digits of your bank account,” he said.

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