Catering equipment distributors have been warned to be on their guard against a group of fraudsters attempting to trick businesses into giving them credit.
The gang have been trying to gain credit in the name of Britech Investments Ltd, a genuine company based in Purley, Surrey that happens to score highly in credit searches.
Distributor association CEDA alerted its members to the scam this week in a bid to ensure dealers aren’t caught out.
It said the fraudsters are using the name Massimo Mario Marcovecchio and give a delivery address of Charfleets Industrial Estate in Canvey Island, Essex. They also use the telephone number 0845 862 1394 and the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
CEDA told its members that the scammers are also using fake references from Greenfields Construction, SJ Plant and Professional Welding.
The real Mr Marcovecchio, who owns Britech, is aware that his company has been targeted and has logged his case with Action Fraud. He has stated that he is not planning to purchase any catering equipment.
Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, is keen to hear from anyone that is contacted in his name.
They can be reached on 0300 123 2040 or through their online fraud reporting tool here.