The US Embassy in Muscat in a statement said that it has been made aware of a potential scam involving individuals purporting to represent the Embassy by soliciting purchase orders for solar generators. This appears to be an attempt to target businesses for payments of false contracts. If your business receives a tender request from a ‘Michelle Collins, Embassy of the United States’ or from any of the following email addresses: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, please Do Not Act on this request and notify us immediately via email at: MuscatRSO@state.gov.
US government procurement procedures follow strict regulations outlined in the US Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). If you receive an email from any company or individual claiming to represent US Embassy Muscat, be cautious, the statement added. “Particularly, if you receive an e-mail from a company or individual asking you to contact them and pay any money, be cautious. These messages are not from the Federal Government. Any official correspondence from the US Embassy or an embassy official will be from a properly formatted US Department of State email address ending in ‘@state.gov’ and will have a corresponding embassy telephone number with a local area code. If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the embassy without a ‘state.gov’ email address and who asks for money, please contact MuscatRSO@state.gov immediately.