SCAM WARNING FOR HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION PROVIDERS

15th October 2014

 

Officers from Public Protections Trading Standards Team in Pembrokeshire have been made aware of a scam targeting local holiday accommodation providers.

Known as ‘money muling’, it involves the businesses being contacted by someone seeking to book accommodation, using a business address of an innocent party in Haverfordwest as contact details.

They then deliberately offer over-payment via a French cheque or bank draft and ask the business to refund the difference.

When the original payment turns out to be a fraud, the victim’s money has already gone to the scammer.

The advice to businesses from Pembrokeshire County Council’s Trading Standards team is to be aware of any similar requests for accommodation and not to pass on any sensitive financial information to third parties or get involved with unusual requests involving transferring money. 

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