Scammers posing as officials from HMRC are connecting with farmers on social media platforms in order to trick them. Approaches have been made online, as well as by telephone and via text messages.
The NFU has confirmed some of its members have been targeted. It is so concerned that it has today issued additional guidance to members.
Farmers across East Devon are being warned not to reveal sensitive data to anyone they cannot verify – including on social media.
The farmers’ union says: “These attempts include phishing emails and bogus contact by text message, telephone call and via social media.
“The scammers suggest they are from HMRC and either demand a payment, or suggest that a repayment will be made on providing bank details.
“HMRC is aware of many such attempted scams.”
HMRC says anyone who receives a communication offering a tax refund or rebate should email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it.
A spokesperson said: “Do not open attachments or click any links in an email or text message, as they may contain malicious software or direct you to a bogus website.”