Free State warns businesses of fake tender invitation

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA) has warned the business community of a fake tender invitation for the supply and delivery of 27 paper shredders. 

“DESTEA has learned with concern about an opportunistic scammer purporting to be an official representative issuing a fraudulent invitation to an open tender for the appointment of a service provider to supply and deliver 27 paper shredders.

“The alleged scammer sends out fake tender/bid documents with DESTEA's official logo and normal standard procedure to service providers, pretending to be an official representative of the department.

“Service providers are warned not to fall into the trap of fraudulent tender invitations, which are not from DESTEA,” the department said in a statement on Monday. 

The department has urged business community members to report any suspected criminal acts to the South African Police Service and verify any request for tender with the DESTEA supply chain office as soon as they receive any correspondence alleged to be from the department on the following emails: sends e-mail) sends e-mail) sends e-mail).

The business community is further urged to contact the DESTEA customer care on WhatsApp, 0829475394, for authentication. –