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Scam alert to suppliers and service providers of Dept of Health

High scam alert to suppliers and service providers of the National Department of Health

It has come to the attention of the National Department of Health (NDoH) that there are certain unscrupulous companies and individuals who are defrauding unsuspecting businesses disguised as representatives of the Department.

The scam involves the fraudsters using the departmental letterheads to send out fake tenders to companies and requests to supply equipment and goods.

The contact person’s name and telephone number on the letter is also not the same as the NDoH in Pretoria.

When searching on the Internet for the address of the company that has sent the fake tender document, the address does not exist.

The banking details are in a private name and not company name. Government will never ask you to deposit any funds for any business transaction.

The NDoH has alerted the relevant law enforcement authorities to investigate this scam to protect legitimate businesses as well as the name of the Department.

Should you suspect that you are a victim of a scam, you must urgently contact the police and inform the National Department of Health.

Examples of e-mails these fraudsters are using:

Government e-mails DO NOT have org in their e-mail addresses. All of these fraudsters also use the same or very similar telephone numbers. Although such number with an area code 012 looks like a landline, it is not fixed to any property.

The Department will never send you an e-mail asking you to supply equipment and goods without a purchase/order number. The National Department of Health does not procure goods for another level of Government.

The Department will not be liable for actions that result in companies or individuals being resultant victims of such a scam.

Should you suspect that you are a victim of a scam using the National Department of Health’s name, please contact Popo Maja,tel. (012) 395-9591 or e-mail: majap@health.gov.za

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