Farmers are being warned to be extremely wary of any suspicious calls, texts or emails as fraudsters specifically target the agricultural sector when EU grants begin to arrive in bank accounts this month.
From December farmers start to receive funds from the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).
Information about these payments is publically available meaning criminals are able to target directly victims and make their approaches appear more convincing.
Be very wary of any phone calls, texts or emails asking for personal or financial information or to transfer money to another account.
If you receive such a call hang up, wait 5 minutes and ring your bank to alert them of this scam using a phone number that you trust.
Never disclose your 4 digit card PIN to anyone including the bank or police. Never disclose your password or online banking codes.
Never disclose personal details unless you are certain you know who you are talking to. Thank you.
Please phone Devon and Cornwall Police with any information on 101 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org