A CORK business was targeted by fraudsters who skimmed a bank card belonging to a man in Singapore and bought high end products with it.
Managing director of Velo Coffee, Rob Horgan, told The Echo that since lockdown, he has had several fraudulent orders for high end coffee makers on his website.
He said: "I have had over €20,000 in fraudulent orders made to us."
After one such order, he received an email from a man in Singapore whose account had been cleaned out by fraudsters who had paid for a high end coffee maker from Velo Coffee.
Mr Horgan said his company has had orders for coffee makers worth up to €2,000 which the fraudsters then intend to sell on to others, making money from the sales.
His company use Shopify to sell their products and contacted Mr Horgan to alert him about a number of other transactions made which raised their suspicion about a fraud.
Mr Horgan said payments were made with a batch of skimmed and cloned cards.
He elaborated: "I had one case last week where an English guy had €1,400 worth of items ordered and the address did not match the address on the card he was paying with."
Luckily, Mr Horgan has not lost money to the fraudsters as he was alerted on time, before the products were sent off.
Orders were coming mainly from Dublin and London, he said.
He added that he was aware of other type of businesses also selling high end products which have been targeted.