City Power logo used in scam, customers warned

City Power said a fire underneath the city’s electric wires had caused the lines to be tripped.

City Power said a fire underneath the city’s electric wires had caused the lines to be tripped.

Published Apr 28, 2023

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Johannesburg - City Power has warned Johannesburg residents and businesses to be careful of scammers who pose as municipal officials interested in doing business on behalf of the municipal entity.

City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said the scammers are using email to scam people. The scammers would use the City Power logo and seek contributions for the appointment of a company that would deliver services.

‘’City Power warns businesses and residents of Johannesburg about a fake scam circulating, using the City Power logo and name by criminals who solicit Requests for Quotations (RFQs) for the provision of materials from our business partners and suppliers. Scammers who claim to be City Power officials are inviting tender bidders in order to appoint a service provider to supply and deliver Karra 240-watt PV solar panels for City Power,’’ Mangena said.

The fake email doing the rounds further asks unsuspecting applicants to contact Tumiso Mphuthi at 011 750 2100. According to City Power, this is not a legitimate number.

‘’While City Power currently has various tender bid invitations, we have noticed that there are opportunistic scammers who are trying to use this legitimate process to lure unsuspecting bidders.’’

Mangena said the modus operandi is the complete opposite of how City Power works.

‘’We will not send companies RFQs or tenders directly. Available tenders can be found by following the above links and checking the Tender Bulletin, then Available Bids. RFQs are downloaded directly from the website and submitted to the RFQ box before the closing date and time. City Power urges businesses and residents to verify the legitimacy of any current tender advertisements to the Tender Advice Centre on 011 490 7000," Mangena said.

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