A small Welsh language toy company has fallen victim to hackers who managed to scam them out of £18,000 whilst they tried to purchase their latest toy Draigi the red dragon.
Owned and run by Awena Walkden and her husband from Menai Bridge, Anglesey. Si-lwli is a small company who makes soft toys that sing Welsh language songs and nursery rhymes for little children.
The couple run the company alongside their day-to-day jobs and are really passionate about the Welsh language.
The second toy that they were developing was a singing red dragon called Draigi and they decided to get him manufactured in China and this is when the company got scammed.
Emails for an order were intercepted and altered by hackers. Awena Walkden, co-founder of Si-lwli told BBC Radio Cymru that “someone had hacked the factory network.”
“It seems that someone has been looking at each email and stopping some – and changing some information within the email,” she said.
The changes to these emails included payment account details, so the money for the order never reached the Chinese manufacturers but instead were sent to the fraudsters, which meant that they had to pay a further £18,000 to the Chinese manufacturer so to release their new toy.
As the crime took place in China there was nothing that UK police could do to help the Welsh Toy Company. In her interview Awena explained “There’s no way of getting the money back, it’s absolutely awful,”
“The impact on you personally just can’t be measured. I’ve learn an awfully expensive and hard lesson.”
“It has left us in a terrible situation.”
Draigi is a soft and bright red dragon toy that sings four Welsh songs, which are Hen wlad fy nhadau, Sosban Fach, Ar hyd y nos and our favourite Calon Lân. You can hear him sing in the company’s video below
He can be bought direct from the Si-lwli website for £25.50