UK State Pensioners will be receiving letters from the Department for Work & Pensions to confirm their bank details.
The letters will ask for an International Bank Account Number (IBAN) and Bank Identification Code (BIC) in order to make payments to accounts in France and other Eurozone countries.
The letters should ask for no more details eg. account passwords. If they do then they are fraudulent.
Failure to respond may mean your payments will be stopped, because after January 31, banks in Eurozone countries will not accept payments without these details.
Expatriates only need to provide additional bank details if they receive payments into a Eurozone account outside the United Kingdom, and have received a letter from the DWP.
Those whose pension or benefit is paid into a UK account are unaffected. If in doubt contact the International Pension Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 0044 191 218 7777.