Farmers warned over 'sophisticated' farm machinery scam
Farmers have been warned of a fake farm machinery website claiming to be based in Ireland and trading in farm equipment.
The company which lists an address in Limerick has already ripped off a Lithuanian farmer for as much as €19,000 when she tried to purchase a tractor off the website.
Speaking to Joe Duffy on Liveline this week, the woman said she had bought a tractor on Done Deal from a company in Ireland and processed €19,000 to TSB account in Oldbawn in Tallaght.
Liveline revealed the name of the company to be Sam Cross Farming Limited highlighting that there is a legitimate company in Limerick called Sam Cross which it said “has nothing to do with this”.
It was further revealed that the photos on the website are from a totally legitimate sales company in the UK called Farol Transport
Guy Champion, Sales and Marketing Director with Farol Transport rang in to say that he became aware of the website a day or two after it went live when one of his export customers informed him.
“Straight away I was gobsmacked. It shows our buildings, our machines and our staff.
“Someone must have a degree in Photoshop because some of the pictures have Irish plates on our machines. They have been very clever,” he said.