Deal­ers warned against fraud

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Conelia Harry

The Direc­torate for Pri­or­ity Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion (HAWKS) has warned car and truck deal­er­ships in the region to be ex­tra vig­i­lant in ten­der­ing for con­tracts pur­port­ing to be from government de­part­ments.

This comes after a spate of fraud­u­lent ten­ders tar­get­ing sev­eral deal­er­ships in Cape Town, Pre­to­ria, Bloem­fontein, Kim­ber­ley and Pi­eter­mar­itzburg.

Pos­ing as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous state de­part­ments, fraud­sters al­legedly use the lo­gos of government de­part­ments on their emails to or­der high per­for­mance cars or spe­cialised con­trac­tor ve­hi­cles in large quan­ti­ties.

Upon de­liv­ery of th­ese ve­hi­cles, ran­domly hired driv­ers de­liver th­ese to se­cluded des­ti­na­tions or de­pots.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions on th­ese cases have led to a few ar­rests and some re­cov­er­ies.

Oth­ers re­main at large ow­ing to the fact that un­sus­pect­ing car deal­er­ships of­ten re­lease th­ese ve­hi­cles with­out pay­ment, un­der the im­pres­sion the ‘state’ ten­der and pay­ment pro­cesses will fol­low.

As a pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure, deal­er­ships are en­cour­aged to visit the phys­i­cal ad­dresses to en­sure the in­di­vid­u­als they are deal­ing with are le­git­i­mate rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the said government de­part­ments.

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