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New scam targets Water & Sanitation Dept suppliers

The department says fraudsters have been stealing money from unsuspecting suppliers.

FILE: Water runs from a tap. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Water and Sanitation Department has warned of a new scam targeting its suppliers.

The department says fraudsters have been stealing money from unsuspecting suppliers after asking them to provide quotations for the supply of items including a certain type of cutting disc.

According to the department a supplier would receive a request for a quotation, claiming to be from the department asking for delivery of items including a certain type of cutting disc.

Once the suppliers have complied they're asked to make a deposit for the purchase of the disc into an account belonging to the syndicate.

The discs are specified in such a way that not any other supplier will have such items.

In a desperate attempt to urgently respond to the request for quotation the supplier will resort to Google to look for any provider who has such items.

The so-called supplier found on Google, once contacted, sends the department's service provider a quotation and asks for money to be deposited into a bank account before delivery is made.

The department has warned suppliers to verify the legitimacy of the orders.

The department's Sputnik Ratau says, "People must please verify, especially when they are directly requested to provide these services, because no order is ever made without a purchase order from the department."