Advise on procurement fraud

Warning against fraudulent procurement activities

Aveng is aware of ongoing fraudulent activities being committed by certain unscrupulous individuals and/or companies who are defrauding unsuspecting businesses disguised as representatives of Aveng, its operating groups and business units.

The activities involve the fraudsters sending false purchase orders using the respective company’s branding to Aveng’s vendor community. Typical orders are placed for equipment such as TLBs, generators, tyres, and readymix concrete to be delivered to vacant plots in residential areas and/or delivery points in Lynnwood in Pretoria and Bruma Lake and City Deep in Johannesburg, as well as Vanderbijlpark. Pieter, Chris, Solly and Johan are often names used to place orders, following which a fictional procurement manager would confirm the order telephonically. Mostly mobile numbers tend to be used and not landline numbers and the e-mail addresses don’t reflect @avenggroup or any of Aveng’s other brands. As a result, some vendors perceive the orders to be valid and deliver equipment to the fraudsters resulting in a loss for the vendor as Aveng cannot be held liable for an order it did not place.

It is incumbent upon you to be vigilant in your business transactions as Aveng cannot be held liable for actions that result in companies or individuals being victims of such a scam.

Should you suspect that you are a victim of a scam using Aveng’s name, contact your Aveng Procurement contact person or report any suspected fraudulent activities using Aveng’s brand to or the local SAPS. Aveng will, where required, provide an affidavit regarding the legitimacy of the order.