Business owner, Thomas Roserie, has sounded a fraudulent cheque alert,after receiving a bogus cheque in the sum of $3,104.00.
Roserie, who owns Chemical Manufacturing and Investment Company (CHEMICO) which is based in Vieux Fort, said the cheque was presented by a young man who called to place an order for merchandise from the company.
The business owner recalled that upon delivery of the merchandise, the customer presented the CHEMICO driver with a cheque.
The cheque bore a number and the name of First National Bank, Roserie said.
However the businessman said when the cheque was presented, the bank indicated that there was no account under the number on the cheque.
“It is obvious that the perpetrator of this fraud will continue to go to the business houses and seek to obtain merchandise,” he stated.
Roserie said he wanted to alert all business owners to people who are presenting fraudulent cheques.
He asserted that there is need to ensure that persons presenting cheques present proper identification.
“It is something very serious,” he observed.
Roserie expressed the view that the fraudsters are working as a group.
He appealed to persons who may be offered CHEMICO products at very low prices to beware of buying them, since they may be the products that were obtained by fraudulent means.
“If you lose three thousand dollars in one single day from one transaction you can imagine the impact it will have especially on small businesses that are currently operating, where people are presenting fraudulent cheques to them,” Roserie remarked.
He disclosed that the telephone numbers that were given by the person who presented the fraudulent cheque are out of service.
Roserie said he believes that more than one individual is involved in the scam.
He recalled that when the merchandise that was ordered from his company was sent to an isolated road on the Morne, a vehicle came to pick up the delivery.
“So even if you were to carry the police to that particular location, there is no way of identifying the persons or locating them,” the business owner explained.
Law enforcement sources have suggested that there may be an operation locally where fraudulent cheques are being printed.
Last week three men were arrested and charged after they were found in possession of fraudulent cheques in the sum of over $100,000.
To protect themselves, some business places refuse to accept cheques from customers they do not know personally while others have stopped accepting cheques altogether.