During this year's IFTF flower expo, AgroCheck spoke to several growers, exporters and other authorities. "That was very useful and we found out that one East European most infamous crooks is active at the moment to source flowers (mainly roses) in South America.", they say in their latest newsletter.
"Actually we found out that he is active in Ecuador and Colombia. He is from Romania and uses several company names. He is very well known with the business and is careful enough not to make too big orders at a given time.
"First orders are always small and paid on time or even in advance. Be careful, this is a start for a big scam in January, when they will suddenly place big orders for Valentine’s Day. We have seen this many times before in Europe with the same people and they have been very successful in the past. You cannot help that, you are focused on your business and very good at that, they are fully focused on fraud and also good at that!"
"What you should do is not to accept big orders without payment guarantees and don’t fall in the trap that because of Valentines Day you have to wait a few days longer, because that is where you will be caught. We can help you, we are specialized in debt collection and credit information and for just a small amount we can prevent you big losses."
Since the last two years, Agrocheck noticed that more and more companies in Ecuador and Colombia have been the victim of bad traders as well.
"We can help you to prevent doing business with bad traders in the future. Every day we warn our clients for potential frauds or doubtful debtors. Our international debt collection agency can help you to collect outstanding amounts."