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Department of Public Service and Administration warns against fake RFQ

Fraud Alert:

The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has warned citizens against a fake e-mail using the ministry’s name, requesting proposals from people for various economic development projects.

“The e-mail is not coming from the Minister or the department, and none of the contact details provided in the e-mail is that of the department or the Minister. It is unfortunate that the creators of this bogus email are using Minister Faith Muthambi’s name,” the department said on Wednesday.

The bogus email from the alleged fraudster(s) reads:

“Request for quotation-RFQ Number DPSA2017/GC18/00602, with closing date for the submission of quotation being 23 October 2017”.

While the alleged fraudsters used the legitimate DPSA address: 546 Edmond Street Batho Pele House; Pretoria; 0001; Private Bag X916; Pretoria; 0001, the contact numbers: 012 743 6204 and +27(0) 866058659 used are not DPSA numbers.

The contact person mentioned in the Request for Quotation (RFQ), Opelong Moruane, is not an employee of the department. The department has reiterated the warning previously issued and directed at business people and service providers.

The general public and service providers are urged not to respond to another fake email with RFQs using the DPSA logo to supply the department with 9kg gas cylinders.

The department has been swamped with enquiries from service providers who want to verify the legitimacy of this RFQ with instructions to respond to the email: tenders@ndpsa.gov.org. The DPSA has confirmed that this is not a DPSA email address.

“Officials and members of the public must be vigilant in verifying information before responding to such requests,” the department said. – SAnews.gov.za