Scams - Be Aware!
A number of manipulating scams are currently being used by criminals to try to get you to pass over your personal information and transfer money.
Recent scams appear to be telephone calls or emails from what appears to be your suppliers saying that your account is overdue. These calls and emails are very convincing and sound just like what you would expect from your supplier. They may also come from emails addresses with your supplier’s name in them.
Steps you can take to help reduce the chance of falling into a scam:
- Look out for anomalies - would you expect your supplier to end an email with e.g ‘cheers’?
- Do you normally pay invoices on time? Have you got the relevant invoice for the payment in question?
- Were you expecting this, is the goods/service something that you would buy/have bought?
- Do the emails look the same as emails you have previously received and do you normally receive emails/ telephone calls?
- Change passwords regularly and ensuring they contain a combination of upper and lower case as well as symbols.
- Telephone the sender of the email if unsure using their normal contact details rather than the details on the email.
Another popular scam at the moment is from criminals acting as HMRC. When receiving emails from HMRC about tax rebates or refunds please ignore these as HMRC will never send notifications via email. Do not visit the website, open attachments or disclose personal or payment information associated with these emails.
The content of this article is for general information only and does not constitute tax advice. It should not be relied upon and action which could affect your business should not be taken without appropriate professional advice.
A Quick Update From Our Very Busy Summer!
As the clocks go back, temperatures start to drop and we to settle into Autumn, now seems the perfect time to do an update on everything we have been up to over the summer. It’s safe to say that it’s been a busy one for the team, from quizzes to seminars to our 10-year anniversary celebrations; it has been all go here and we just couldn’t wait to share everything we have been up to throughout the summer months!
We began the summer with a Young Professionals Vs Young Farmers’ Quiz, in aid of our chosen charity for the year, Mind in Somerset. This was organised by our own young professionals at Evolution ABS, the quiz welcomed sixty people from the local professional network and local farming community, giving the perfect opportunity to network with people from different working environments. We had a fantastic evening, raising an amazing £200 for Mind in Somerset and MHA Monahans took home first prize!
In July, one of our directors, Kate Bell, spoke at the summer Agricultural Law Association (ALA) event which was held at Great Fulford near Exeter. Kate sits on the ALA Somerset and Dorset committee and helped to organise this event alongside myself. Forty attendees took a tour around Great Fulford led by Francis Fulford, before taking their seats for a presentation on ‘Dealing with a Landed Estate’ run by Kate, Jeremy Smith from Savills and Tom Biddick from Ashfords.
Our summer highlight is always the Honiton Show and, on the 1st August, we set up our marquee at the show and spent the day catching up with our visitors. The team worked exceptionally hard to ensure everyone was well fed and watered on what was a scorching day! In the afternoon, we invited guests to join us for a special prosecco cream tea to celebrate our 10-year anniversary and it was well enjoyed by all.
And finally, the end of August saw our new director, Dan Knight, speak at two seminars on ‘Future Proofing for Profitable Production’. Dan spoke alongside AHDB Beef & Lamb and Synergy Farm health and the evening looked at strategies to ensure profitable production for the future with an emphasis on cost of production and helped to identify what is preventing your business from achieving its potential. The discussion evenings, which were at Frogmary Green Farm and Blandford Badger Brewery, were both very well attended.