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Fraudster poses as buyer to steal stock from suppliers

A man has allegedly been cheating several suppliers out of their stock by posing as a buyer for Newcastle-based etailer Designer Desirables.

At least three suppliers received calls from someone claiming to be Dave Devine from Designer Desirables and sent purchase orders using the email address dave.designerdesirables@outlook.com. The man used the etailer’s details to gain instant credit, and then arranged to collect goods direct from the supplier without paying.

Designer Desirables director Paula Gibbon said several brands have alerted her to the problem and she has informed the police.

One supplier told Drapers: “He placed what looked like a legitimate purchase order with me last week. He copied their logo and has all of the correct company details for the real Designer Desirables to set up new account forms.”

She continued: “Fortunately the account was denied 30 days credit and goods were never released. However, some companies have not been so fortunate and he has succeeded in gaining credit and stock from other brands.”

Gibbon said: “It’s very distressing that someone is using our name to try and trick people out of stock. He was contacting both current suppliers and brands we don’t have on the site so I would ask suppliers to be vigilant in checking email addresses and our registered delivery address.”

Devine did not respond to requests for a comment.

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