RPA alerts farmers to SPS fraud
The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is urging farmers to be mindful of fraud as the 2014 Single Payment Scheme (SPS) payments window nears.
In the last two years the RPA has been made aware by banks that fraudsters, pretending to be from banks’ fraud departments, may try to target farmers.
So the Agency is urging farming businesses to remain vigilant and take note of a few simple steps, as follows:
- Remember that your bank will never request your full online password information.
- Your bank will not ask you to make a payment over the phone by using your online account.
- Be aware that if your bank does request you to call back, you need to ensure that you can hear a dial tone first or use a mobile to phone the bank directly (as the phone line may be held open by the fraudster).