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Beware of these scam tenders

Thursday, 19 October 2017  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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It seems that scamsters have found a new get rich quick scheme and are milking it for all it's worth for I have received no less than three RFQ's and tenders from the SAA and various government departments during the past two days for very specific items that they urgently require.

The requests for quotation carefully specifies the valves, solar geysers, equipment, etc. required by the "department" and if you Google the item you will find that it's available on two or more websites hosting classified adverts such as Gumtree, Locanto, ADZA, etc.

So how does the scam work?

You contact he company or person who has the item you are looking for and get a price, add your mark-up and submit your tender. Soon after the tender closing date you are awarded the supply contract and when you contact the "supplier" they usually have a truck that is going to wherever the goods have to be delivered and will include delivery for you at no charge. The only proviso is that you have to pay them pronto.

You do a bank transfer of the R250,000.00 or more that the goods cost and from that point on things start going pear-shaped, especially when you start following up about delivery so that you can invoice the "department". You soon realise that something is seriously wrong. Addresses are fraudulent, telephones are no longer answered and suddenly everything goes up in smoke, leaving you with a huge dent in your bank balance.

The only reason I am receiving so many of these e-mails is that the scam must be working and that honest people are being defrauded daily... please do not be one of them!

To all the scamsters out there: I wish that James Veitch catches up with you!

Watch this Youtube video to see what I mean: This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch

Posted by : Bert van den Heever

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