Adrian Drake of Drake Bros., Newhey Farm, Castleton, Rochdale, whose farming operations have actually scaled down, warned a fraudster was intermittently using the Drake Bros. name and a version of the address to order machinery and expensive goods over the phone.
“They are paying by stolen or cloned credit or debit cards and then, by various excuses, they persuade the firm to deliver to a different address," Mr Drake said.
“By the time the fraud is discovered, they and the goods appear to be untraceable and the supplying firm is not able to retrieve the money for the goods.
“So far firms from Bristol, Cheshire, Nottingham, the Wirrall, and North Yorkshire have been targeted, but not all successfully,” he said.
“The latest company, from which they tried to buy tanker tyres, became suspicious and managed to contact us. So, if you receive an order with Drake Brothers name attached and you have not dealt with us before, it will be bogus,” said Mr Drake who listed frauds involving drainage goods, a tedder, and silage wrap totalling almost £20,000.
“If a company which has any suspicions ring us on 01706 632834, we might be able to help catch the fraudsters,” he said.