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Fraud alert as retailers are used to con suppliers

Mon, 25 Apr 2016

Companies are reporting some serious fraud activity in the industry with one leading retailer being targeted and others also being used to mislead suppliers.

The Ableworld name has been used on a couple of occasions. Suppliers have been sent a purchase order for high value stock with the Ableworld logo and then somebody has collected the stock from the supplier’s warehouse.

Ableworld has not sent these purchase orders.

The company says that it does not collect from suppliers, with all orders being delivered to its stores. The buying team at Ableworld has requested that anyone unsure about an order should contact them to check that it is legitimate.

One supplier has reported being caught out by the scam when another retailer’s details were used to place an order worth £9,000. According to the supplier, the scam is very clever, using proxy server email addresses based in the United States and is almost impossible to spot.

Anyone receiving orders that request stock to be collected should be on their guard.


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