ESKOM PROCUREMENT SCAMS
Procurement Scam Alert
Eskom Forensic has been inundated with volumes of complaints relating to fraudulent Eskom orders (procurement scam). The scammers target companies across the country using the Eskom name to unsuspecting companies.
Approach / Method used
The victim’s company would receive a bogus Request for Quote (RFQ) either by email or by fax with the Eskom logo. The contact person would supposedly be a “buyer” who is unknown to Eskom and with incorrect Eskom contact details.
The following scenarios are normally used:
If the bogus RFQ is reflecting the core items supplied by the approached company:
If the bogus RFQ is sent to a company that does not deal with equipment the method is usually as follows:
The delivery address reflected on purchase orders is either an address that does not belong to Eskom or a correct Eskom address. Where delivery is made to correct Eskom premises, receipt of goods will be done outside the security check point by scammers purporting to be Eskom employees.
To verify the authenticity of Eskom orders, suppliers are advised to contact Eskom on 011 800 2202
It should be noted that Eskom does not use email addresses that end with:
NB: These domain addresses change frequently.
Because it is also possible that the fraudsters can spoof a correct Eskom e-mail address, suppliers must be vigilant and where necessary verify the RFQ using Eskom numbers other than any contact details that appear on the RFQ / order.
If a supplier has to make a deposit into a bank account of a provider with no previous business relations, it is advisable for the supplier to verify ownership with the bank before making the deposit.
Victims should immediately register criminal case of fraud with the SAPS as soon as they become aware that they have been scammed and alert the bank that was used to deposit the funds.
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