The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries (DAFF) on Friday, distanced itself from a letter circulating on social media purporting that the department was requesting storage facilities from the Phumelela Local Municipality.
“DAFF wishes to distance itself from this operation and wishes to state unequivocally that it has nothing to do with the fraudulent letter. The department would like to inform the public and the service providers to be vigilant and not deliver any goods or transfer any payments to any supplier/manufacturer without confirming the authenticity of requests with the DAFF,” it said in a statement.
“Service providers who have fallen victim to this scam are encouraged to lodge a fraud complaint with the South African Police Services. The Department will also be reporting this matter to the police for further investigation.”
DAFF warned service providers to take note that the department would under no circumstances use cellular phones as a medium of communication.
– African News Agency (ANA)