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Exclusive: Brands warned as stock scam re-emerges

A scam in which criminals attempt to steal stock by placing faked orders with brands has reared its head again.

Drapers has been alerted to at least one label to have received a bogus order in the last month.

Men’s young fashion brand Luke was asked for a repeat order of £3,000 from someone posing as a stockist.

The caller asked to pick up the stock, which Luke refused, and on sending the stock to the store found that no genuine order had been placed.

This is thought to be the first instance of the scam in nearly a year, following a swathe of cases in 2011 in which the likes of Luke, Pretty Green, Canterbury of New Zealand and John Smedley were targeted by criminals trying to scam tens of thousands of pounds.

The scammers, who quoted specific product codes, asked either to collect the goods themselves or get them delivered to another address.

Luke’s managing director Simon Poole said: “This was what happened last year to our customers Mainline and also to Aspecto and also a few others. It caused headaches and some losses for other [brands],  so I think it’s worth putting a warning out to others.”

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