May 18, 2021
Business News

Scam alert after fraudster conned local business out of ‘substantial’ amount of cash

A local business was scammed out of a “substantial” amount of cash after a fraudster posing as a supplier contacted the company demanding payment.

The scam is the latest so-called “redirection fraud” case being investigated by gardai.

A local Garda spokesperson said: “The latest case involves a fraudulent email received by a south east based business purporting to be from a supplier asking for payment to be made on their account. The email provided a payee bank account which was fraudulent.

“Checks and balances should be carried out in relation to any emails received. It is of vital importance that a known person in the supplier company is contacted in person using a known and verified telephone number and not one that may have been attached to the email request.”

Anyone who receives similar redirection fraud emails is urged to contact their local Garda station.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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