How the scam works

Deposit Slip Scams continue unabated in the Stationery industry. To prevent becoming a victim of this type of commercial crime, here are some of the modus operandi criminals are using when targeting businesses.

How the scam works 

Scenario A

Supplier is approached via telephone or e-mail with an order 

A deal is structured, usually involving a direct deposit into the supplier’s bank account 

A copy of the stamped bank deposit slip for cash is faxed to the supplier 

Goods are released to fraudsters 

A fraudulent cheque is deposited instead of cash and the deposit slip is fraudulently amended 

The cheque is unpaid due to it being fraudulent 

The supplier’s bank account is debited 

The supplier is unable contact the ‘client’ and suffers the loss 

Scenario B

Supplier is approached via telephone or e-mail with an order 

A copy of a stamped bank deposit slip for cash, for a higher amount than agreed to, is then faxed to the supplier 

The ‘client’ then contacts the supplier and requests that the excess amount be electronically transferred to a specified account 

On the strength of the faxed copy of the deposit slip, the supplier refunds the excess amount 

A fraudulent cheque was deposited instead of cash was deposited and the deposit slip was fraudulently amended 

The cheque is unpaid due to it being fraudulent 

The supplier’s bank account is debited 

The supplier is unable contact the ‘client’ and suffers the loss as the funds have already been withdrawn from the fraudsters account 

Scenario C

A supplier is approached by telephone or e-mail with a request to place an urgent order 

A deal is structured, usually involving a direct deposit to the bank account of the supplier 

An internet transfer receipt is fraudulently manipulated to reflect a ‘transfer’ to the suppliers account. The transfer could be for the exact amount of the order as in Scenario A, or for an amount in excess of the agreed amount as in Scenario B 

The fraudulent Internet Receipt is faxed to the supplier 

The goods are released to the criminals OR the ‘excess’ refunded as previously described 

The bank account of the supplier is debited with the ‘refund’, but the incoming transfer never materialises 

The supplier is unable to contact his ‘client’ and suffers the loss 

Scenario D

A cheque is deposited to an unsuspecting client’s account without their knowledge 

A letter on a false letterhead purporting to be that of a well known entity or institution is faxed to the client in which it is said that an amount has been paid to the client’s account. The letter provides details of an account to which the ‘refund’ must be made 

The client is sometimes contacted by someone who then confirms the content of the letter, stating that it is important to affect the refund very urgently 

The client makes the payment 

The cheque is unpaid, leaving the client to suffer a loss 

Do’s

Contact the entity or institution on a number ascertained from the telephone directory and confirm the request 

Be cautious of clients who want to ‘keep their distance’ 

Retain complete records 

Confirm details of payments with your bank 

Dont’s

Do not be pressurised due to urgency 

Do not relax controls and procedures 

Do not proceed if you have any doubts 

Never use the number provided by a caller or provided on a faxed letter 

 

Phone crime stop on 08600 10111 if you have information about any crime, or any suspicious activities, or if you think you have useful information that may help prevent a crime or help the police in the investigation of a crime which has already taken place. Callers can remain anonymous Calls are not traced, and your telephone number is not visible. The unique code you are given allows you to phone back at a later time if you remember something further, or want to enquire about the case. Alternatively you can email crimestopgauteng@saps.org.za

For further information about how the SAPS can assist you, visit 
www.saps.gov.za.

Let’s go BIG for CANCER

The Waltons Nelspruit Distribution branch recently set a challenge to the Waltons Group to collect R3 000 to donate to the Cancer Association of South Africa.  The Branch Manager Henning Viljoen volunteered to shave his hair off if the target was met.  

When the R3 000 target was reached, Elizabeth Delange, a sales representative from the branch, volunteered to shave her hair, if the target was raised to
R6 000.  Waltons opened their hearts and gave generously.  At the final challenge, an amount of over R7 000 was raised.

The branch then entered and took part in the CANSA sprayAthon and ShaveAthon

held on the 2 March 2012.  They also took part in the CANSA Relay for Life, which took place on the 10th of March 2012, starting at 6pm and ending on the 11th of March at 6am.  At this event they handed the money over to the Cancer Association of South Africa.  Seen here are the before and after photo’s of Henning Viljoen and Elizabeth Delange. Well done to all who took part so bravely in the challenge and for opening your hearts to this good cause. 

Ed’s note – Henning, the shop-sa team think you look very handsome with a shaved head!

Parrot give generously

Parrot Products recently sponsored R 10 000 worth of products to the school that collected the largest quantity of toys for The East Coast Radio Toy Story charity drive. The toys will be given to underprivileged children in various crèches, schools and hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. 

 

KwaZulu-Natal Branch Manager Lynne Acklom (left), centre is Mr Gounden principle of Deccan Road Primary School and on the right is Abi Ray, DJ from East Coast Radio.

Go to www.sappi.com/houston. Discover a brand new site to gain and share technical knowledge on the printing business. Enjoy eye-opening insights, useful tools and an online chat service with Sappi’s technical staff members in your own language. And there’s more: extend your network by meeting interesting people in the business. 

Four employees of Rubber Stamp and Engraving completed a two day First Aid course achieving their First Aid certificates during February. Khosi Nete, internal sales clerk, Claire Makgabalo, typesetter, Joseph Mollo, warehouse assistant, and Gcobani Nete, production assistant, received their First Aid certificates from Clive Heydenrych, managing director of Rubber Stamp & Engraving Co. “Management at the company are extremely proud of the achievement of our employees,” says Lyn van den Berg, sales director for Rubber Stamp and Engraving Co.

Staff at Staedtler South Africa said goodbye to John Evans, managing director of the company, after nine months service to the South African subsidiary, on the 23 March. He celebrated his 45th year anniversary at Staedtler SA on 1 March 2012 after joining Staedtler UK in 1967, where he spent 33 years as the managing director. Evans arrived in South Africa in June 2011 on an international project to recruit sales leadership and a new managing director for the South African subsidiary. He appointed Kerry Harrison as national sales and marketing manager in September 2011 and Samantha Pickering-Dunn as managing director, in February 2012. The new director hails from KPMG where she was associate director in transactions and restructuring. “Pickering-Dunn brings with her a wealth of experience after a successful and varied career in several large local and international companies,” says Harrison.

Warren Rother has been appointed as the business development manager at LaserCom, a Bytes Document Solutions company. He will head up the sales division of the company and will focus on exploiting business opportunities presented to LaserCom. Prior to joining LaserCom, Rother was employed as the business manager for sub-Saharan Africa and a programme manager for EMEA at HP. He began his career in civil engineering, moving into sales and marketing in the steel industry. Rother will oversee customer engagement, business development and implementation of progressive technologies in LaserCom’s field of expertise as a business communication specialist. “My role will involve heading up initiatives to attract new customers and create new markets for our products and services. I’m looking forward to driving revenue in the company and ensuring added value for existing clients,” he says.

In the 21st issue of Henkel’s Sustainability Report published on 8 March, the company presented its new sustainability strategy for 2030. “At the core of the strategy is the goal of achieving more with less and tripling its efficiency. The new sustainability strategy applies to all business sectors and the entire value chain,” says Kasper Rorsted, chief executive officer for Henkel. By 2030, Henkel aims to be using only one-third of today’s inputs for every euro it generates. To reduce its ecological footprint and make sustainable consumption possible, the company has defined three major approaches of products, partners and people. All 47 000 employees around the world will make contributions to implementing the new strategy. “We must find ways of achieving more with less. Not only do we have a duty to future generations to pursue sustainable development, sustainability also makes economic sense and is an important competitive factor,” says Rorsted. 

O’Carroll gives birth to twins

On 17 January Debi O’Carroll Weber, divisional buying manager for CNA Creative Division, gave birth to twins Alexander and Abigail at Morningside Clinic. The twins were born by C-section at approximately 15:40 with Alexander weighing 2.1 kilograms and Abigail weighing 2.6 kilograms, following a smooth pregnancy and delivery. “We absolutely love the children and have been truly blessed, firstly with Oliver and now with Alexander and Abigail,” says O’Carroll.

Sales of the GN4 Content Management System have exploded internationally since Miles 33, a supplier of publishing solutions, purchased Tera DP, a content management company, in 2010. “Having being partners with Miles 33 for as long as Avusa we are pleased with the worldwide boom the GN4 platform is experiencing. The system is assisting publishers to become more efficient in managing their multi-channel content,” says Keith Solomon, director for Antalis South Africa. GN4 is a newsroom content management system that has unique architecture based on modern web services orientated principles and represents flexibility that few other systems can match today. Michael Moore, chief executive officer for Miles 33, says they are extremely grateful to Antalis, who is part of their network of GN4 and CMSA distributors. “We wish to thank them for their involvement and in playing a significant part in the explosion of content management user licenses,” he says.

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