US Embassy’s alert over solar scamsters

Muscat, Sept 23 – The US Embassy in Muscat said 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 payment 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 e-mail — usa@embassytenderdep.com or usa@embassytenders.com or info@embassytendersdep.com, please do not act on this request and notify us immediately via e-mail at: MuscatRSO@state.gov,” said the embassy’s statement.
The US government procurement procedures follow strict regulations outlined in the US Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
If you receive an e-mail 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 e-mail 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’ e-mail address and who asks for money, please contact MuscatRSO@state.gov immediately.”