Ghana’s Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has sounded the alarm after fraudsters set up a bogus PPA website almost identical to the original.
In an alert the authority warned scammers are posing as PPA officials to contact firms and make claims about the award of contracts.
Fraudsters are contacting companies to invite tenders or tell them they have been awarded contracts.
“It has come to the attention of the Public Procurement Authority-Ghana that certain fictitious organisations are awarding contracts on behalf of the Government of Ghana,” said the PPA.
“The Public Procurement Board or Authority does not procure for or on behalf of any governmental entity, award any contract for or on behalf of any governmental entity [or] invite tenders for or on behalf of any governmental entity.”
Along with the fake PPA website, scammers have also set up a number fictitious organisations such as the Ghana Procurement Service, the Ghana Tender Board and the Bureau of Public & Contract Commission Authority.
“Fraudsters are presenting themselves as legitimate Public Procurement officials using the domain name: http://www.ppaghana-gh.com/ to masquerade as PPA officials,” said the PPA.
“This domain looks like the PPA website but it is a fake. In addition, this fraudulent group are emailing companies saying they have been awarded contracts by the PPA.
“The PPA never awards contracts. If you get an email saying it is from the PPA or any of its officers about a contract award please report it to us.”
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