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Exporters stay vigilant

Article Date: 10 February 2012

This is the latest message from the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and one of their members, Sugden Ltd of Barrowford.

Scams are a massive hidden problem, with businesses often too embarrassed to report them.  However, the following ‘old favourite’ has resurfaced again and Barry Mulholland, Managing Director of Sugden’s would like to share their recent experience.

We were emailed by a company from the United Arab Emirates, calling themselves Al-Wajud Muktabir Trading LLC (Reg. 97411), requesting a quote for equipment. We emailed the quote and received an almost immediate response requesting us to go-ahead.”

“Following this, we started work on the project and requested advanced payment. It was at this point when communication became difficult and no money was forthcoming. Work was suspended and on searching through pages upon pages of the internet we couldn’t find a website for the company or verify their address.”

“We approached our Chamber of Commerce and asked them if they could throw any light on this and following their investigation they confirmed our fears, this was indeed a scam.  We just hope that other exporters in the UK don’t get caught out.”

Scammers are always coming up with new ideas to catch businesses out, and raising awareness of the types of scam out there is a difficult task.  When exporters know what to look out for, it helps to reduce the chance of them being scammed in future.  This message is echoed by the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, “please remain vigilant when dealing with new enquiries from overseas, check them out using all available resources and remember, not everyone in the world is as professional and trustworthy as yourself.”Mandy Lockett, International Trade & Training Manager.

Businesses can also forward any e-mailed scams through to Lancashire Trading Standards for further investigation at: tsscams@lancashire.gov.uk.

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