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UK farmer issues warning to others after losing five-figure sum in phone scam

An Orkney farmer has urged others to be vigilant on scam phonecalls after he lost a five figure sum.

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Warning after farmer loses thousands in phone scam

NFU Scotland has warned members never give out their bank details over the phone as phone scams continue to target the farming community.

 

A union member, who wanted to remain anonymous, fell for an elaborate scam resulting in a five figure sum being stripped from his account.

 

The caller seemed to be from the member’s bank, even manipulating the caller ID on the farmer’s phone to look like the call was genuine.


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Kenny Slater, NFUS Orkney secretary, said the scammer called seeking confirmation a large payment being made electronically to HMRC was genuine.

 

“It obviously was not a genuine payment and the fraudster then offered to help stop the payment going through.

Police Scotland advice

  • Do not give out any personal information unless you are the one who made the call and you are certain of the identity of the person you are speaking to.
  • Do not give out your credit card or bank card details to strangers on the telephone.
  • Never tell somebody your bank PIN number, even if they claim to be the bank or police. If the caller is genuine, they will never ask for this information.
  • Do not give out information which may infer that you live alone, are older or vulnerable.
  • Never send money to anyone who claims to have a prize for you.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

“The scammer went on to use the information he had gleaned during the call to move significant funds out of our member’s account.”

 

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He added it was such a busy time of year on farm with calving, lambing and spring work and farmers could be easily caught out by alarming calls from people claiming to represent their bank.

 

And NFU Scotland’s experience was if it was happening in one region, it was ‘only a matter of time’ before other areas of the country were targeted.

 

The union emphasised banks would never phone or email you and ask for online password information or any password using an online banking token or card and reader.

 

Banks will also never ask people to make a payment over the phone using their online account.

 

And if a caller claiming to be from the bank suggests calling them back, the union said farmers should use a different phone as the caller may still be on the line.

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