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Scottish Government Farming Subsidies – Protect Yourself from the Scammers

At this time of the year there is increased publicity about the Scottish Government Farming Subsidies and the payments made to farmers. As a consequence you may be at greater risk from on-line or telephone scams.

Fraudsters are well equipped to trick you into giving up personal information or to make payments that you think are going to a trusted company. They will use several ways to convince you that you are dealing with a known company such as your bank or other trusted brand. The contact message or request for information can come through a website, online service, phone call or text message, posing as a company or brand you recognise.

Please take these simple steps to protect yourself and your business;

•Don’t assume anyone who has sent you an email or text message – or has called your phone or left you a voicemail message – is who they say they are.

•If a phone call or voicemail, email or text message asks you to make a payment, log in to an online account. Real banks never email you for passwords or any other sensitive information by clicking on a link and visiting a website. If you get a call from someone who claims to be from your bank, don't give away any personal details.

•Make sure your spam filter is on your emails. If you find a suspicious email, mark it as spam and delete it to keep out similar emails in future.

•If in doubt, check it’s genuine by asking the company itself. Never call numbers or follow links provided in suspicious emails; find the official website or customer support number using a separate browser and search engine.

Further information on business cyber security can be found at


PC Donald MacKay
Rural Watch Co-ordinator
Argyll & West Dunbartonshire
Police Scotland

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