IGA warns businesses to be aware of advertising scam
The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is warning businesses to be aware of a new advertising scam.
Scammers have been calling garages claiming to be from a local newspaper, and are asking if the garage would like to place a low cost advert. The caller may know a lot about the business, including staff names, and they appear to be targeting independent garages who have previously placed adverts in the newspaper.
The caller encourages the businesses to secure their advertising place by taking a small payment over the phone but attempts to take a large amount, in some cases thousands of pounds, from the account. In all cases that the IGA is are aware of, the bank has blocked the fraudulent activity.
Terry Gibson, Head of Member Services commented: “This new scam is a reminder that we must all keep alert for the clues that tell us that something isn’t right. Scams are ever present and ever evolving and it’s thanks to our members alerting us that we can spread the word to prevent others from being caught out.”
The scam has been identified across the West Midlands, but it is likely that garages in other areas will be targeted before long.
If you’d like to report suspicious activity or a scam targeting independent garage businesses, please call the IGA on 0845 305 4230.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Gemma Stannard, IGA Communications Officer
Tel: 0207 307 3402 ext. 1413