WASA issues Fraud Alerts
It has come to the attention of the Water and Sewerage Authority (the Authority) that persons purporting to represent the Authority are approaching Vendors/Contractors engaged by the Authority with promises to provide cheque payments for outstanding invoices. Such payments would reportedly be done on the payment of a commission to the individual presenting the cheque to the Vendor/Contractor. In such instances, these cheques have been of a fraudulent nature.
The Authority wishes to warn the public at large about these unlawful activities and to advise of the approved process for receipt and collection of cheques.
1. 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 does NOT deliver cheques to Vendors/Contractors.
2. 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.
3. All queries or concerns about invoices should be lodged at the Purchasing Department.
The Authority strongly recommends that Individuals/Vendors/Contractors being paid by the Authority by cheque, should follow the guidelines provided above and 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.