Malawi Accountant General warns of fraud with govt cheques

The Department of Accountant General in Malawi is warning the public that some fraudulent individuals are forging government cheques and use them to acquire goods and services from providers.

According to the department, the perpetrators have taken advantage of the modern technology to forge and print cheques which resemble those of government and are used to defraud government and acquire goods and services from private and public organisations.

“The Department of the Accountant General wishes to advise payees of government cheques to first confirm with ministries, departments and government agencies where the transactions originated on the authenticity of any transaction and the accompanying cheques,” said DB Kandoje, Accountant General.

Kandoje stressed that confirmation of cheques should be made with the department mostly on its authenticity by calling his office.Fraud_1

“As regards financial institutions such as banks, they should always confirm with Central Payment Office (CPOs) before honouring cheques on the counter or those deposited in customer’s accounts.

“The Department of Accountant General will not take responsibility for any loss of business resulting from any transaction related to cheques that have not been verified with his office,” declared Kandoje.

Recently, the department reported the missing of discarded cheques that were meant for destruction by the Reserve Bank of Malawi, but which some people allegedly used to withdraw money amounting to K150 million.

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