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Truckers beware – fake auditors rip off transporters

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Here’s a heads-up to all truckers and fleet owners seeking accreditation for Road Transport Management System (RTMS) requirements or general freight contracts. People posing as legitimate auditors are taking unsuspecting transporters to the proverbial cleaners with fake accreditation certificates, including the issuing of fraudulent IAS (International Accreditation Forum) certificates.

This latest warning of sham ‘auditors’ comes from Oliver Naidoo, managing director of JC Auditors, a legitimate auditing firm servicing the South African commercial transport industry.

According to Naidoo: “Sadly, we have again been made aware of another case where fake auditors are ‘conducting’ certification audits and issuing certificates which are worthless. It appears that the auditors convince the transporter that they will conduct a SANAS-approved ‘audit’. This is entirely untrue. 

Oliver Naidoo, Managing Director of JCA warns against companies posing as legitimate auditors.
Oliver Naidoo, Managing Director of JCA warns against companies posing as legitimate auditors.

“In one case the auditor even claimed that they had International Accreditation Forum (IAF) authorisation. The unsuspecting transporter only found out later that their certification was worthless, after the auditor had disappeared, leaving the transporter R35 000 poorer! 

“If you do come across auditors claiming IAF recognition, ask them to show you the letter of certification from the IAF. Then check their credentials on the www.iafcertsearch.org database.

“You will remember that a short while ago some other companies reported certain individuals posing as RTMS auditors offering ‘free RTMS certificates’ for two years. 

“In another incident, it was reported that that an individual convinced a company that it was illegal to use one audit company for longer than three years, stating that their company was SANAS-approved and should be the successor auditor – a blatant lie!

“All such claims by these individuals are completely untrue. As the old saying goes; if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Thank you to JC Auditors for the scammer alert. Truckers beware! Check the auditor’s website and double-check their status with the relevant accreditation body, be that SANAS or the IAF. SANAS and IAS accreditation is a costly and time-consuming procedure. Ensure your auditor has all the right bona fides. Do your due diligence before handing over your hard-earned cash!

The official IAS stamp of legitimacy for auditor and website authentication purposes, embedded with a digital ID for foolproof verification.
The official IAS stamp of legitimacy for auditor and website authentication purposes, embedded with a digital ID for foolproof verification.

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