Friday 12 May 2017Media release3 minutes to read
This message is for the attention of existing and potential suppliers to the Canterbury and West Coast DHBs
We want to alert you to a fraud scam that is targeting existing and potential suppliers of goods to the DHBs, as well as other institutions and businesses in New Zealand. Please take the necessary precautions so that you are not a victim of this scam.
While the DHB cannot prevent this fraudulent activity we are supplying the Police with details to investigate the matter as we become aware of specific instances.
The fraud scam involves purchase orders and requests for product quotations that purport to originate from the DHB but are in fact fraudulent.
The scam operates in the following way: the supplier will receive an email requesting a quotation for goods. The email being used for this is firstname.lastname@example.org purporting to originate from the DHB-Accounting Unit. Once the quotation has been provided, a purchase order is emailed to the supplier that bears little resemblance to an authentic DHB purchase order. The purchase order typically instructs delivery to an address not affiliated with the DHB. After shipping the item/s, the supplier never receives payment and is unable to retrieve the shipped products.
It appears that suppliers are being instructed to ship the goods to a freight forwarder/logistics company, who are then instructed to send the goods off-shore.
Should you wish to refer this matter to the NZ Police, contact Detective Sergeant Mike Cartwright of the Financial Crimes Unit at the Auckland Central Police Station. Detective Sergeant Cartwrights' email address is email@example.com. The relevant NZ Police File is 170112/1414.
If you require further information please contact a member of the Canterbury DHB purchasing team.
Page last updated: 3 October 2018
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