Fraudsters At Work in the East Midlands

Members are advised to be aware of fraudulent activity relating to Hodgson Tool Hire Ltd.

In the week commencing 29 August 2016 a HAE member based in the East Midlands was contacted by a lady calling herself “Mandy Berry” claiming to be from Hodgson Tool Hire Ltd., enquiring about a quantity of wet and dry Vacuum cleaners.

After quoting prices they proceeded to email over what appeared to be an official purchase order, displaying the correct details for Hodgson Tool Hire, and collection was organised for the following morning at 9am.

Our member duly sent an invoice to Hodgson Tool Hire which caused them to make contact and query the charge, luckily they did this before 9am on the day of collection. This swift response enabled the hirer to stop the order and send the collection driver away, preventing the theft of almost £3,000 worth of goods. The local police were also notified and investigations are ongoing.

Members are advised to remain vigilant of any suspicious activity and report any similar instances of attempted theft to their local police as soon as possible.