Beware of car dealership fraud
SOUTH CAPE All car and truck dealerships countrywide are warned to be extra vigilant in tendering for contracts purported to be from government departments.
According to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, this comes after a spate of fraudulent tenders targeting several car and truck dealerships in South Cape, Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Kimberley and Pietermaritzburg. The fraudsters allegedly use the logos of government departments and emails purporting to originate from the said state departments, ordering high performing cars or specialised contractor vehicles in big numbers. Upon delivery of these vehicles, randomly hired drivers to deliver these to secluded destinations or depots. Investigations on these cases have lead to a few arrests and some recoveries, while others remain at large. This is due to the fact that unsuspecting car dealerships often release these vehicles without payment, as they are under the impression that these are state tender and payment processes will follow. As a preventative measure, dealerships should visit the physical address to ensure that the people are the true representative of the said Government departments. For enquiries contact Captain Philani Nkwalase at 071 481 3468.