GARDAÍ are investigating an incidents of fraudulent transactions targeting Agri businesses – including in County Donegal.
There have been four incidents in County Cavan while incidents have also been reported in Donegal, Laois and Roscommon.
An Garda Síochána is appealing to all businesses and in particular those in the Agri-Business sector to remain vigilant to customers wishing to pay for substantial goods over the phone particularly if they are not familiar with the person.
The fraud involved an individual who contacted businesses to place an order of up to 80 rolls of silage wrap, which would equate to two pallets.
The value of the products equated to between €6,000 and €7,000.
Payment is made over the phone with a credit card and a courier picked up the goods.
While the seller received payment the seller was later contacted by the bank to say the card used for the payment were cloned and they would take the money back, which left the seller down the cost of the goods.
In May similar thefts occurred using cloned credit cards and as well as silage wrapt some of the goods purchases included farm machinery.
On June 23, 2021 a second attempt was made to buy 80 rolls of Silage Wrap from an agri-business in Co Cavan. On this occasion Gardaí were present when the goods were collected and two individuals were arrested.
They were taken to Cavan Garda Station and have been released without charge with a file going to the Director of Public Prosecutions.Tags: