It has been brought to my attention that there is a scam currently operating in the marketplace which I wanted to let you know about.

An unscrupulous collection of individuals are posing as companies and placing orders with suppliers by e-mail or fax. I am told that orders arrive on letterhead paper with company logos and are not always easy to spot as forgeries.

The false company then claim to be running low on stock and arrange to pick up the goods directly rather than have them delivered in the usual way. A van arrives, loads the goods and disappears.

This has happened on a number of occasions and member companies have been affected. I would urge you to be vigilant with all orders and be particularly careful if anyone wants to come and pick up goods directly from your warehouse.

Hopefully the culprits will be caught soon and will be duly incarcerated.