Fraudulent theft of truck consignments
(phantom carriers)

Loss prevention tips

[German version]

3 Ongoing business relationship

From time to time, offenders feign an employment relationship with a transport company that is known in the industry. It is therefore important to be able to identify the communication partner absolutely reliably, even with ongoing business relationships. In this context, it is helpful, for instance, to agree on specific communication channels and to assign particular members of staff responsible for processing contracts with the transport company.

The confirmation of insurance provided by the transport company should be checked regularly and confirmed by the insurer. Furthermore, the solvency of the transport company should be checked on a regular basis by monitoring their payment history and by making use of the services of credit bureaus. In addition, attention should be paid to any change of ownership at the transport company. Any information of this type that is discovered should flow into the checking measures, for instance by

checking the extract from the commercial register,
color copy of the personal identification document or passport of the managing director as entered in the commercial register as proof of identity,
requesting references for the new owner or managing director.

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