Credit card fraud affecting auction houses has reared its ugly head again and the details will sound depressingly familiar to firms already affected.
Richard Edmonds of Chippenham Auction Rooms
contacted ATG about the latest incident to warn others after a
fraud which took place in June but, because of the way the credit
card companies work, has only just been uncovered.
He said: "We have had two separate instances
where a client has booked a telephone line to bid on several lots
of gold. They have supplied their full name, address, and some
credit/debit card details for security. These items were then paid
for over the telephone using different cards and then collected
straight away, once by taxi. Both cards used to pay for these
items, it turns out, were stolen."
ATG has run numerous similar reports in the
past six months, in particular about the risks of credit card
fraud, and many cases involve gold and addresses given in London,
especially North London and the surrounding area, such as Potters
The costs of such fraud for firms can be
serious. "This amounts to over £5000, which for a small firm such
as ours is crippling," Mr Edmonds added.
"The first of these problems relates to a
sale in June, as apparently the card firms can pull money back up
to 120 days after the transaction. We pay out our vendors ten
working days after the sale."
In May, ATG reported how a Glasgow auction house had become a
trailblazer in tackling the problem of credit card fraud by no
longer accepting payments over the phone and only taking them