Farmers Targeted In Latest VAT Scam

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Welsh farmers are being warned to be extra vigilant and not to respond to communications supposedly coming from “UK Data Control” asking for details of missing VAT numbers and other business details.

The letters look official enough, but by signing and returning the form, the signatory agrees to pay an amount of £790 for the publication of their details on a website, as per the small print.  Farmers, in particular, are being targeted and FUW is worried that its members will be fooled into thinking this is a genuine government communication.

Anyone receiving such a request should contact their local trading standards office. If you are in doubt about the validity of any communication from any Government Department, contact HMRC direct or ask your tax advisor for help.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

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