Scam call warning

Farmers and landowners are being warned to be on the alert for suspicious phone calls, texts and emails from fraudsters as the Rural Payments Agency begins the process of handing out basic payment scheme payouts.

With payments all to be made by the close of January, farmers are likely to be seen as very attractive targets for phone scammers over the festive period.

Anyone who thinks they have received a scam call should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.