Sunday 24 May, 2020

Fraud alert: WASA warns of cheque fraud

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says it has come to its attention of that persons purporting to represent the Authority are approaching Vendors/Contractors with cheque payments from the Authority for goods and services.

It noted that in such instances, these cheques have been of a fraudulent nature.

In a statement, the Authority warned the public about the unlawful activities and also advised of the approved process for receipt and collection of cheques.

It noted that all cheques for payment by the Authority are to be collected at the Cheque Payments/Paymaster Department at the Authority’s Head Office, Farm Road, St. Joseph.

The Authority added that it does NOT deliver cheques to Vendors/Contractors.

WASA further informed that Vendors/Contractors are required to present proper authorization and identification at the Authority’s Cheque Payments/Paymaster Department in order to receive their cheque payment for goods and/or services provided.

All queries or concerns about invoices are to be lodged at the Purchasing Department.

WASA also strongly recommended that Individuals/Vendors/Contractors being paid by the Authority by cheque, should follow the guidelines provided above.

They are also asked to immediately report to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service - Fraud Squad Division, any persons purporting to be representatives of the Authority and providing assistance for the delivery of cheques.

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