Two Farming Scams To Be Aware Of: Farmer Commercial Registry And State Withholding Tax
How the scam works:
If you are a farmer or own a rural business, these two scams could happen to you in any country you live in, as criminals operate online and change the name of the region to fit your geographical area. According to Wales Farmer you are warned not to respond to a scam letter issued by ‘Welsh Commercial Register’ (or any other country's commercial registry office) asking you to provide details of your company. In a different variation of the scam, victims are required to pay a state withholding tax.
Watch the video below to see in the State Withholding Tax scam exposed:
Now let's take a look at the Farmer Commercial Register scam letter. The document reads: “If you require the publication of further company details which exceeds the scope of the basic data entry, please use the attached form and return this to us. As our company is not affiliated with a public authority or any official entity, this entry is subject to a charge….”
The attached form asks businesses to enter their details for which they will get charged 993 euros plus VAT. By signing the form the person authorises ‘Direct Publisher SLU’ to record and publish the information and data provided as an advertising insert for a period of three years.
The Farmers' Union of Wales President Glyn Roberts said for Wales Farmer: “This letter has been made to look like official Government communication, which could easily trick many farmers and rural business owners into providing their details. The financial implication of providing the company with business details could be devastating”.
How to avoid the Farmer Commercial Register scam:
You should remain vigilant against these scam letters. Make sure you do some research on the Internet using all the keywords used by the senders. If you are unsure as to the validity of a letter asking for financial or business details you should contact your local trading standards office. If you live in Wales, contact the Citizens Advice consumer services on 03454 04 05 06 or a Welsh line on 03454 04 05 05.
How to report the Farmer Commercial Register scam:
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