US Embassy warns of fraud attempts

James Kon

The United States (US) Embassy in Brunei Darussalam yesterday warned local businesses against entities that are making false claims that the US Embassy is purchasing solar power inverters and asking payment for contracts.

The US Embassy, in a press statement, said it was aware of entities purporting to represent the embassy and solicit purchase orders for solar power inverters. This appears to be an attempt to target local construction companies for payment of false contracts.

The embassy received numerous reports over the years that entities posing as the US Embassy solicited local businesses. It appeared there was another wave of fraud attempts recently because several local companies reported to the embassy in May that they received similar messages.

According to the US Embassy, previous occurrences have been reported in other countries as well. These actors e-mail local businesses, mostly smaller construction companies, using fake names and e-mail addresses not associated with the US government. Their messages include requests for quotations for a large order of equipment like solar power inverters, seemingly to initiate further discussions aiming to eventually solicit a transfer of funds. These fraudulent requests appear legitimate, using a letterhead with the US Embassy’s seal, watermark and real address.

The embassy urged the public to exercise caution if their business receives an e-mail from any entity claiming to represent the US Embassy using e-mail addresses like [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]

Inquiries from the points of contact are fraudulent and do not represent the US Embassy.

If any business receives a tender request that may be fraudulent, contact the embassy at [email protected]