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    Tender Frauds - Hardware Industry

    Almost weekly I receive fraudulent quotation and tender requests from various "government departments".

    I have decided to list them here every time I receive them, with any relevant information, addresses and numbers that relate, in the hopes that I might save some honest traders their hard earned cash.

    Although not difficult to spot, over eager suppliers could get caught out.

    The general pattern is as follows -
    • First you receive a phone call requesting confirmation of your contact details - often as listed on the CSD.
    • This can be followed up with a call from the "department" to notify you that you will be mailed a request to quote/tender.
    • You receive an email, that at a glance looks legit, from the "department". Always hover your mouse over the senders address to see the actual address - which often is similar to the real contact for the genuine department.
    • The email contains a .pdf RFQ for the required item and all the normal tender documents.
    • The item requested will often have a very specific part or model number - the purpose of this is to lead you to a fake supplier's site when Googling, often set up a couple of days or weeks earlier.
    • Google results will often show only this fake site, or more recently several free business listing or classified sites that ultimately lead to the same fake site. In my experience 99% of these fake sites and listed address and contact numbers are in the Cape - maybe deliberate as I am based in Limpopo.
    • A call to the supplier confirms they have stock, you receive a quotation.
    • You then receive a call or email from the "department" saying the order is urgent. This is followed by an "official" order.
    • The "supplier" confirms they can deliver direct to the department and requests a 50% deposit, if paid this will be the last you hear of them.


    Simple giveaways are
    • The "almost" government email addresses (something like supplychain@dohs-gov.co.za or tenders@transnet-headoffice.co.za). A good check is to put domain name (everything behind the @ sign) into a "who is" website like http://co.za/whois.shtml to see who actually registered the site.
    • Very specific part and model numbers on the requested items.
    • Generic and often flawed supplier websites.
    • Poorly made/copied "official orders".


    Some of these scams involve enough money to break a small business - I hope listing them here will be of help.

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    Transnet RFQ scam - F3K BASCON SOLAR GEYSER

    Transnet scam - RFQ-F3K BASCON SOLAR GEYSER

    • Reply email used - tenderbids@transnet.net
    • Actual email used - tenderbids@transnet-headoffice.co.za
    • Contact details listed - Supply Chain Management Directorate, For enquiries contact: LERATO MOLOI, Address Inyanda House2, 15 Girton Road Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa. Tel: +27 11 037 0325 Fax: +27 86 600 3059 Email: tenderbids@transnet-headoffice.co.za
    • Contact domain registered to - 2a. registrant: John Gumberine. 2b. registrantpostaladdress: 42 Section Street Paarden ,Eiland , Cape Town, 8000, ZA. 2j. registrantphone: +27.218271777 2k. registrantfax: +27.218271777 2l. registrantemail: doctorkaayi@gmail.com.
    • Supplier website - http://www.calcorpgroup.co.za/portfo...e-solar-water/
    • Supplier domain registered to - 2a. registrant: John Gumberine. 2b. registrantpostaladdress: 42 Section Street Paarden ,Eiland , Cape Town, 8000, ZA. 2j. registrantphone: +27.218271777 2k. registrantfax: +27.218271777 2l. registrantemail: doctorkaayi@gmail.com.

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    To do business with any of the SOEs, requires you to be registered with them, and have a vendor number. It also requires you to jump over a number of hoops, including SARS tax clearance, occupational health clearance, etc.

    Getting an email out of the blue for request to quote, supply, tender from any of the SOEs and you have not registered, raises a red flag immediately that it is a scam.

    I get requests quite regularly, and I have never registered, neither do I to do business with them, as my terms are COD, or deposit with order.
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    Department Of Agriculture,Forestry & Fisheries - HATRO PUMP SPK70 - SCAM

    Product - HATRO PUMP SPK70
    Email address used to send scam RFQ - info@gov-daff.co.za
    Domain registration details for gov-daff.co.za - 1a. domain: gov-daff.co.za / 1c. Registrar : 1API GmbH / 2a. registrant: Matrotek Traders / 2b. registrantpostaladdress: Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape / 2j. registrantphone : +27.637965541 / 2k. registrantfax : +1.4806242598 / 2l. registrantemail : matrotek.traders@gmail.com
    Contact details given - Tel: +27 (0) 12 770 8005 / Fax: +27 (0) 86 604 5011
    Fake suppliers web address - http://hatrowaterpumps.blogspot.co.za/ and http://dacoplastraders.com/hatropumps.html
    FaKe supplier physical address - 33 studebaker street, Markman Industrial, Port Elizabeth, 6210 South Africa, Tel:+27(0) 418 186 970, Mob: +27(0) 812 190 533
    Email: mail@dacoplastraders.com

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    MVP16 350W COMMERCIAL FLOOD LIGHT - DEPT HUMAN SETTLEMENTS SCAM

    PRODUCT - MVP16 350W COMMERCIAL FLOOD LIGHT
    Scam Department - Dept of human settlements
    Scam contact - Sindisiwe Ngxongo, Supply Chain Management, Physical Address, 240 Justice Mohammed Street, Pretoria Central, 0002, Telephone: +27 12 752 620, Fax: +27 86 605 8426.
    Email address used to send scam RFQ - sindisiwe.ngxongo@dhsgovza.co
    Domain address for email - @dhsgovza.co. Columbia registered. Details hidden
    Fake supplier web address - https://jpnglobalelectric.com/produc...-flood-lights/

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    MT Drive Systems Motors D445 - Department of Water & Sanitation scam

    PRODUCT - MT Drive Systems Motors D445
    Scam Department - Department of Water & Sanitation
    Scam contact - SHIRLEY MODIBA. Tel : 012 743 6712
    Email address used to send scam RFQ - shirley.modiba@dwas-govt.co.za
    Fake supplier web address - kraben.co.za
    As of yesterday the site was working. As of this morning it's an empty Wordpress site.

    Checking up on the registration details of both websites, they are both registered and hosted by Imaginet.
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    BQR90 SOLAR LIGHT

    SCAM PRODUCT BQR90 SOLAR LIGHT
    Scam department Rural development and land reform
    Scam department contact Patience Legae
    Scam department details patiencelegae@drdlfsa-gov.org.za 012 770 2231 086 538 3937
    Scam department domain registration details - Registrant ID: JAYH41448. Registrant Name: Jay Herbal. Registrant Organization: None. Registrant Street: 25 Twinbrow House. Cnr Wanderers and Noorde. Registrant City: Johannesburg. Registrant State/Province: Gauteng. Registrant Postal Code: 2000. Registrant Country: ZA. Registrant Phone: +27.812427000. Registrant Fax: +27.812427000. Registrant Email: prof.jayherbal@gmail.com

    Scam supplier Ceejay Lights and Trading Projects
    Scam supplier website - http://www.ceejaylights.co.za/
    Scam supplier contact - North Gate Business Park, Gold Street , Brooklyn 7405, Cape Town, South Africa. 021 813 9209, 021 827 1122, Fax: 086 666 7340
    Scam supplier domain registration details - 1a. domain: ceejaylights.co.za 2a. registrant: Ceejay Matoke 2b. registrantpostaladdress: 25 Twinbrow House, 21 Wanderers Street & Noord Street,Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2000, ZA 2j. registrantphone: +27.837448827 2k. registrantfax: +27.837448827 2l. registrantemail: ceejaymatoke@gmail.com

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    PS400 THERMAL SOLAR GEYSER

    SCAM PRODUCT PS400 THERMAL SOLAR GEYSER
    Scam department Deptartment of energy
    Scam department contact Isabel Nkosi
    Scam department details supplychain@energydept-gov.co.za 012 743 5130 086 609 0430
    Scam department domain registration details - Registrant ID: 1API GmbH. Registrant Name: xander khozal. Registrant Street: 187 Goodwood, ,Cape Twon, Western Cape, 8000, ZA. Registrant Phone: +27.0604859748 2k. registrantfax: +1.4806242598 2l. registrantemail: depenergy7@gmail.com
    Scam supplier Sahara Solar Company
    Scam supplier website -http://saharasolar.co.za/
    Scam supplier contact - Unit 81, Maitland Industrial Park 733 Vootrekker Road, Maitland, Cape Town, 7405. Tel: 021 813 6167, Cell: 063 543 1994, Fax: 086 665 3740, Email:sales@saharasolar.co.za
    Scam supplier domain registration details - 1a. domain: saharasolar.co.za 2a. registrant: Sostern Gutsa 2b. registrantpostaladdress: Office 713 , 7th floor. 26 Brown Street., P.O. Box 25186, , Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, 1200, ZA 2j. registrantphone: +27.603293759 2l. registrantemail: sales@infinityminds.co.za

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    Mr Mabasa

    I think I have been duped by this thugs. BQR90 solar light , Ceejaylight from Capetown working together with Rural development in Pretoria,

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    So what is the story?
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