Letterkenny Chamber is wanring businesses and customers to be vigilant after a number of suspected fraud attempts.
At least two attempts were made to purchase goods illegally.
Chamber CEO Toni Forrestor said at this time of the year they are issuing a timely reminder to retailers online and offline to be vigilant about card payments.
“One of our members has been targetted by an online fraudulent card for goods being delivered to Nottingham. Their card merchant suggested that there was a campaign being targeted on Donegal.
“This is a terrible thing t happen to any business in the run up to Christmas and unfortunately as we do more online this will become more commonplace and we urge all retailers to be vigilant both online and offline.
“We always advise that businesses check out www.safecard.ie to ensure all staff are aware of procedures. We obviously warn about this type of activity throughout the year but at this very busy time it is more important than ever. No one can afford to give away valuable stock so we advise that businesses do all they can to mitigate against fraud at all times.
“We discourage card not present transactions and ask that retailers check out delivery addresses to ensure that they exist and that goods are not being delivered to a pick up point. The merchant bank or online payment processor may pick up fraud but it is always best to err on the side of caution.
The chamber also had a suspected fraudulent purchase on their ShopLK website.
“We checked out the address and discovered it did not exist so we declined the purchase. It might be tough turning away a potential client but if you have any doubt you are better to refuse the sale.
“This is a busy time for everyone so we just hope that no one else will be affected,” added Ms Forrestor.