Fraudsters target butchers using stolen cards
The National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT) has issued a warning to Federation members about its growing concern in relation to credit card fraud. The key message over the run-up period to Christmas is don’t accept large unexpected catering orders, or other large orders over the phone from people you don’t know, who want to pay by card and then send taxis/couriers to collect.
The Federation reports that these criminals have recently been active again in the south-west and East Anglia.
Roger Kelsey the CEO of the Federation said: “We issued our warning to try and make sure our members are not caught out by this type of scam. It’s very important that retailers check the merchant instructions. An authorisation doesn’t guarantee payment and will not protect the business in a ‘Cardholder Not Present’ situation, if the card is later found to be stolen. Even if you have been credited the funds can be clawed back. These criminals sound very plausible on the phone and of course, a large order at this time of the year is very tempting.”
Kelsey continued: “ If it sounds too good to be true- it almost certainly is.” The Federation advise anyone who thinks they may be targeted to try and make a note of the phone number and to tell the local CID as soon as possible. Retailers can also report concerns online at: www.actionfraud.police.uk.