Warning: Fraudsters Invoice Ships for Needless Clean-ups
Diversified marine insurer Skuld informs that fraudsters have sought to obtain payment for alleged services provided for alleged pollution matters and clean-up work. Furthermore, it is understood that the Port of Fujairah has warned (Port of Fujairah website and its Notice No. 182) against possible fake invoicing for waste disposal.
In any such situation, the attempt is often combined with threats against the member / named vessel. Such threats may involve supposed legal action, threats of arrest or "black-listing".
The fraudsters rely on the concern over such consequences to convince the victim to pay the demanded sum.
Key loss prevention steps include:
- ensure billing departments do not simply process invoices without verification
- "red flag" invoices include: a. non-standard invoices b. non-regular invoice items c. unknown supplier companies or personnel d. aggressive approach by the supplier
- such "red flag" invoices should be checked with the operations department to ensure they do relate to valid supplies of services made to the vessel
- where there is any doubt, a phone call should be made to establish further contact with the alleged supplier (fraudsters will sometimes pretend to be acting on behalf of legitimate companies)
- in case it is not possible to verify the invoice or the supplier, further investigation should be conducted by the management and legal department
In case of doubt or concern, Skuld advise its members to contact the Association for further assistance.
Special advice for pollution incidents
In any event where a pollution incident is alleged, Skuld members should urgently contact the Association.
Irrespective of the situation, pollution matters must always be treated as a priority and the Association will treat the matter as a casualty situation and activate the emergency response plan.