Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Police warn over copper pipe scam

Construction firms in the north west have been issued with a warning over a new scam involving copper piping.

Police yesterday advised that a company claiming to be based in England has approached local businesses requesting trailer loads of copper piping.

It has now been confirmed that stolen or fraudulent credit cards are being used to purchase the piping.

Police have confirmed that once the piping is dispatched and payment received it is then discovered that the money paid has been obtained fraudulently.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: “There are many companies operating throughout the UK who purchase and sell copper and, while the vast majority are genuine, it is not unknown for criminals to abuse this industry.

“This warning follows a report that a number of businesses in the Derry area were approached by a suspected scammer.”

The PSNI spokeswoman added: “If you think you have become a victim of such a scam, or would like advice on how to avoid becoming a victim, contact your local police on 0845 600 8000.”

Meanwhile, a quantity of copper piping was stolen from a vacant building in the Steelstown Village area.

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