An Garda Síochána have issued an appeal for vigilance following a number of fraudulent transactions targeting agricultural businesses in Counties Roscommon, Cavan, Laois and Donegal in recent times.
Gardaí were made aware of a number of transactions in Cavan last week where an individual contacted businesses to place an order of up to 80 rolls of silage wrap valued up to €7,000.
Payment was made over the phone using a credit card and the goods were picked up by a courier. However, when the seller was later contacted by the bank and advised that the card used for payment was cloned, leaving the business down the cost of goods.
There have recently been four such incidents in Co. Cavan and a number of similar incidents in Roscommon, Laois, and Donegal.
In May, similar thefts occurred using cloned credit cards and goods purchased included silage wrap and farm machinery.
On June 23rd, a second attempt was made to purchase 80 rolls of silage wrap from an agri-business in Co. Cavan. On this occasion, however, Gardaí were present when the goods were collected and two individuals were arrested at the scene.
They were taken to Cavan Garda Station before being released without a charge. A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Gardaí have advised businesses to remain vigilant and report any such transactions which have been found to be fraudulent to their local Garda station.