IMPORTANT WARNING: Fraudsters Make Off With Over £30,000 Worth Of Equipment
Earlier this week a fraudster masquerading as machinery and engine wholesaler Gear GB made off with a quantity of generators valued at over £30,000. HAE EHA would like to warn members to be cautious when receiving any orders from this company, but there are some signs to look for.
- Gear GB previously traded as Hart Industrial Tools. They have now totally rebranded yet the fraudster used an email address which included the old trading name.
- Their email address itself didn’t follow a typical pattern: email@example.com. This in itself is suspicious as Gear GB's email addresses all end '…@geargb.co.uk'.
- Please be wary of any email sent from a domain like Outlook, Gmail or Hotmail etc. they may not be fraudulent but fraudsters will exploit these email channels as they are free to set up.
- The email wasn’t signed with a corporate email signature, just the name of the sender.
The sender named herself as Amanda Mason and gave her mobile phone number as 07341 875344, she even supplied branded purchase order documents which were quite convincing. If you are approached by this company or this person using another company name our advice is to contact the police immediately.
For further advice on fraud or theft, if you are approached by a company of whom you feel is suspicious then give us a call on 44 (0)121 380 4600 as we have numerous services you can use to help including AdvancedCheck and ID Sentry.