Date lodged: 27 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on any farm businesses that have been a victim of email/online fraud regarding the roll-out of annual CAP Basic Payments; how many cases it is aware of, and what information it has on the total value of any such fraud.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 30 July 2018
As indicated in our response to S5W-17523 on 30 July 2018, the Scottish Government takes the threat of on-line fraud very seriously and has taken steps to alert farm businesses to the dangers of on-line fraud in relation to CAP payments.
The Scottish Government will continue to remind customers of the threat of on-line fraud and the action they might take to prevent fraud occurring.
Rural Payments and Inspections Division area offices are not aware of any such incidents of on-line fraud in relation to CAP payments having occurred. However there is no requirement for farm businesses to report such incidents to the Scottish Government.
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