DAFF supplier scam

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) hereby warns suppliers about a scam whereby fraudulent orders are issued to suppliers on behalf of the DAFF. Here is how the scam works; suppliers are called by people who claim to be DAFF officials and are invited to submit quotations.

These fraudsters then call suppliers to inform them that their companies have been appointed to deliver goods and they have to sign and fax the appointment letter back to them as soon as possible because the goods are needed urgently. The fraudsters encourage suppliers to use certain manufacturers as they are the only manufacturers and these fictitious manufacturers are part of the scam.

DAFF would like to inform suppliers to be vigilant not to deliver any goods or transfer any payments to any supplier/manufacture without confirming the authenticity of orders with the DAFF. Authenticity of orders can be confirmed through the following email address, info.dscm@daff.gov.za. Suppliers are also encouraged to open fraudulent cases with the South African Police Service in cases where suppliers have been defrauded.

For media enquiries and further information please contact:

Ms Makenosi Maroo

Chief Director: Stakeholder Relations and Communications

Tel.: 012 319 6787

E-mail: MakenosiM@daff.gov.za

Author: Intsika

Gwatyu is a former editor of Farming SA and parliamentary reporter for Landbouweekblad (the leading agricultural publication in South Africa). He has more than ten years of media experience, most of which are in the agricultural sector. He completed several local and international media courses, including a media management course from the University of Stellenbosch, 3-year National Diploma in Languages (CPUT) and a fellowship in entrepreneurship on agricultural communication at the Oklahoma State University in 2014. He continues to be involved in agricultural media and communication activities in South Africa and the continent.

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