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Aveng Vendors hit by Procurement Fraud

Fraud Alert:

On Wednesday 18 January Aveng (Africa) Proprietary Limited said in a statement; “It is with increasing concern that Aveng notes the continuing trend of “Purchase Orders’ sent to our vendor community by a group of fraudsters being made to look as if they were sent from one of the Aveng Group Companies viz. Aveng Steel; Aveng Grinaker-LTA; Aveng Mining; and Aveng Manufacturing, and with the respective company logos being used.”

As a result vendors thinking that it is a valid order to deliver the equipment only that it will be stolen by the fraudsters resulting in a loss as the vendor cannot invoice Aveng for an order that they did not place.

The modus operandi is basically as follows:

  1. Orders are for equipment like TLBs, Generators, Drum Rollers, tyres, truck rentals etc.
  2. Delivery addresses are vacant plots in residential areas but very often the corner of Solomon Mahlangu (Hans Strydom) and Lynnwood Rd, Lynnwood Pretoriais being used, or they indicate they will collect the items. Delivery points also include City Deep, Bruma Lake
  3. Chris, Johan and Solly are the three names being used as the Aveng “Contacts”. Often Solly Chabalala would place the order and Johan Du Plessis would follow up as Procurement Manager and confirm the order via telephone
  4. The telephone numbers being used tend to be mobile numbers and not landline numbers.

Steven Yatt, Aveng’s Head of Strategic Sourcing offers the following advice:

  1. Do not respond to any faxed orders. Only e-mailed orders followed by a telephone call are valid;
  2. Alert your staff, friends, colleagues, and family about this scam.
  3. Ask them to report any fraudulent requests using the Aveng brand to Speakup@aveng.co.za.
  4. If it looks suspicious check with your usual Aveng Procurement contact.
  5. They need to report it to their local SAPS and if required, we will provide them with an affidavit re the legitimacy of the order. We will also forward the information to the Provincial Office Task Team.