Tebogo Msimanga |
City Power is warning people of a tender scam by criminals pretending to be representing the company. The scammers target unsuspecting companies and business people with Requests for Quotations (RFQ) using City Power name and logo. City Power came to know about the recent scam after receiving several queries and complaints from companies and people who fell for this scam.
City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said in the recent scam, companies were approached with the Request For Quote (RFQ) for the provision of sanitizing machines. “The RFQ has the name of City Power and has fake signatures of officials in our Supply Chain Management Department with their correct contacts including cloned emails.”
Mangena added that the approach used by the scammers involves the victim’s company receiving a bogus Request for Quote RFQ with the City Power logo.
“After submitting the RFQ back to a “City Power” cloned email, a fraudulent order number is issued, with letters “signed” by SCM and Finance officials, with a delivery date within a short time. Upon engaging this bogus company, they would request an upfront deposit of approximately 50% of the total value.”
Mangena said this is the complete opposite of how City Power works. “As City Power we will not send companies RFQs directly. All our RFQs or Tenders are advertised on www.etenders.gov.za or our website www.citypower.co.za, go to the Tender Bulletin then Available Bids.”
RFQ’s are downloaded directly from the website and submitted to the RFQ box before the closing date and time. People are urged to verify with City Power should they suspect fraudulent RFQs or Tender adverts.