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    Combined Industries Theft Solutions

December 2023

BEWARE - A WEST MIDLANDS-BASED HIRE COMPANY RECEIVES FRAUDULENT ENQUIRY

A West Midlands-based hire company received an enquiry on Friday 1st December which turned out to be fraudulent.

The gentleman gave his name as Adrian Smith from ADS Groundworks Ltd. An account form and insurance documents were received, and an email address given as adsgroundworks@gmail.com. The order was for a construction site in Dudley, West Midlands.

Initially the hire company responded and began to follow up as Mr Smith wanted to hire a large quantity of equipment. The insurance details provided seemed legitimate but a search on the internet showed the real ADS Groundworks to be based in Cambridgeshire and not at the address given. Also, the email address and contact details provided did not correspond.

Members are advised to be aware, Mr Smith provides quite convincing documentation that includes a hired-in plant policy, and comes across as confident and polite when on the phone. The enquiry was for a large amount plant and tools so, had this fraud succeeded, it would have been a major incident.

BEWARE - A WEST MIDLANDS-BASED HIRE COMPANY RECEIVES FRAUDULENT ENQUIRY