Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) wishes to warn
members of the public about tender scams whereby fraudulent orders and
invitations to tender for contracts are issued to potential suppliers on behalf
of BPC by fraudsters who pretend to be from BPC’s Supply Chain Department.
The scammers target unsuspecting suppliers
claiming that BPC is inviting bids for possible supply of certain goods. The
targeted suppliers would then amongst other things receive a fake Request for
Quotation (RFQ), either by email or fax with BPC logo and colours.
BPC’s preliminary investigations have revealed
that once the potential supplier tenders for the contract they are then
contacted by people who would claim to be BPC’s officials. The suppliers would
be told that their companies have won the tender to supply goods. Furthermore,
the fraudsters will encourage the suppliers to use certain manufactures as they
are supposedly the only manufactures to supply the goods needed. BPC wishes to
warn the public about this scam.
Our valued suppliers are warned to be vigilant
and not to transfer any payments to any manufacturer without confirming the
authenticity of the orders.
The public is further advised that all BPC
tenders are published in the Corporation’s website; www.bpc.bw/procurement/tender-listings and in the Botswana
Dailynews. To confirm authenticity of any BPC tender, suppliers are encouraged
to contact our Supply Chain Department at; 3603239/446.