An Garda Síochána has confirmed that it is aware of a number of fraudulent transactions targeting agri-businesses, involving silage wrap, in Cavan over the last week.
The fraud involved an individual who contacted businesses to place an order of up to 80 rolls of silage wrap, which would equate to two pallets.
According to Gardaí, the value of the products equated to between €6,000 and €7,000.
Silage wrap fraud
In a statement, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:
“Payment is made over the phone with a credit card and a courier picked up the goods.”
“While the seller received payment, the seller was later contacted by the bank to say the card used for the payment were cloned and they would take the money back, which left the seller down the cost of the goods.”
Gardaí confirmed that there have been four incidents in County Cavan. However, the spokesperson added that there have been similar incidents in Laois, Roscommon and Donegal.
Second attempt to buy 80 roles of silage wrap
Gardaí in Cavan have identified other thefts committed in other counties.
In May, similar thefts occurred using cloned credit cards and as well as silage wrapt some of the goods purchases included farm machinery.
On June 23rd, 2021, a second attempt was made to buy 80 rolls of silage wrap from an agri-business in Co Cavan.
“On this occasion, Gardaí were present when the goods were collected, and two individuals were arrested.”
“They were taken to Cavan Garda Station and have been released without charge with a file going to the Director of Public Prosecutions.”
Advice for agri-businesses
- An Garda Síochána is appealing to all businesses, particularly those in the agri-business sector, to remain vigilant to customers wishing to pay for substantial goods over the phone, particularly if they are not familiar with the person.
- Gardaí urges businesses to exercise due diligence in relation to taking card payments by phone that the card and cardholder are one in the same.
- Where a business has been the victim of such a crime, they are asked to report any transactions which have been found to be fraudulent.