The Chamber has been targeted in an attempted financial scam.
The standing order form on its website has been hijacked in a bid to divert cash from organisations around the country to what appears to be the Newcastle branch of a high street bank.
Chamber chairman Phil Merry said: “Let me assure all our Chamber members we are innocent victims of this attempted fraud. I do not believe any of our members who have standing orders for membership have been affected.”
“If anyone has, they should contact their bank immediately.”
It appears the Chamber’s standing order form has been downloaded and modified to direct money to an account opened in the Chamber’s name at Barclays Bank in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. That account number is 00119479, sort code 23-63-07. After further investigation it would appear that this sort code belongs to Wirecard Solutions and NOT Barclays Bank.
Standing order mandates in the names of organisations around the country have been sent to their banks authorising £200 a month to be paid to the Newcastle account.
Mr Merry said: “We have been made aware so far of three attempted standing order scams – one from Glasgow, a golf club in South Wales and a branch of the Green Party on the Isle of Wight. Thankfully, they all failed.”
The Chamber has reported the fraud bids to the police, The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, Barclays Bank plc and Wirecard Solutions.