Conmen targeting catering equipment industry from same addresses

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Instances of fraud relating to the purchase of catering equipment are on the increase, a leading industry buying group has warned.

According to Cedabond, whose members include catering equipment manufacturers and distributors, there has been a notable spike in the amount of correspondence it has received about fradulent transcations.

The situation has led to it putting an informal information system in place which it is using to share details about potentially fraudulent activity with its members.

“We have started to receive more and more calls and emails from our members advising us of fraudulent transactions and we started to notice that quite often these contained details of the same names and addresses, so we thought it would make sense to share this information with our members in the hope that it would prevent them from being ripped off,” said Cedabond secretary Donna Wooding.

“And it’s already working. Recently we had a call from a member to say that they had received a call from one of the names identified by us just before we sent out an update, so they were subsequently able to cancel the order and save themselves from becoming the latest victim.”

Cedabond did not state if particular brands or types of equipment were being targeted, but said that it is encouraging members to share any information that might be of use to help prevent the loss of revenue.

It also said that suppliers and members could visit www.actionfraud.police.uk if they wish to report general fraudulent activity.

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