Fake Business Propositions
Sometimes the identity of ADNOC or one of its subsidiaries is used fraudulently in business proposals.
It is important for suppliers to be aware that from time to time, third parties may attempt to misuse the ADNOC brand for criminal purposes, including fraud and cybercrime. Often, fraudsters pose as a representative of a company in the ADNOC Group. They pretend that there is an opportunity to provide goods or services to an ADNOC Group company or that there is an investment opportunity. Often (not always) the fraud involves requesting you to pay money in order to participate.
To avoid falling victim to these scams, please keep the following in mind:
- ADNOC will never ask suppliers to pay money to participate in a tender
- ADNOC emails will always come from an email address ending @adnoc.ae
- ADNOC does not use fax
- ADNOC will never ask you to take out an advertising or magazine subscription
- ADNOC will never change bank account details without appropriate notice via official channels
What should I do?
Always remember – if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Be alert for suspicious signs such as:
- Poor use of language.
- E-mail addresses which appear similar to ADNOC (such as adnoc-bidder.com, adnocproject.com) or personal email addresses (such as yahoo.com, gmail.com, hotmail.com) - ADNOC emails will only ever come from @adnoc.ae.
- Requests for money to be paid in advance.
- Usage of incorrect ADNOC logo.
- Contact through social websites such as Facebook (The ADNOC Group maintains a professional LinkedIn account. However, all correspondence will always come from an adnoc.ae email address).
Use your common sense:
- Do not open attachments on an unexpected subject or from an unknown sender without validating first – they could contain a virus or malware.
- Do not respond to unsolicited business propositions from sources you cannot independently verify as being legitimate.
- Do not provide personal or financial details to anyone you do not know or trust, or on a website you do not trust.
- Be suspicious when dealing with anyone who does not have a direct telephone line / who never answer when you call their number, but returns your call later (from a different number).
- Always independently verify the legitimacy of any business or investment opportunity before you take any decision.
You can notify us of any suspected fraud by sending an email ADNOC Compliance Team with details of the scam.
If you are the victim of an attempted scam, consider if it’s appropriate to notify law enforcement in your area.
Recent examples of fraudulent emails
Recent examples of fraudulent business proposals include emails with the following title in the subject of the email:
- Invitation For Global & GCC Firms Expression of Interest For Provision of Works & Services In ADNOC New Projects
- Ref: Invitation_For_RFP_Translation / Interpretation/ _Editing Services
- Ref: INVITING GCC & Global Contractors For PreQualification (GCP)
- Ref: Invitation For Expression of Interest For Provision of Works & Services In UAE
- Ref: Inviting Request For Proposal For External Audit Services RFP-2020-ADN-017/0097/OC
- FP-2020-ADN-5/0072/OC_Professional Interpreter And Translation Services Worldwide
Fake business propositions, scams and cyber-security attacks using ADNOC’s brand are not authorized or connected in any way with ADNOC or its subsidiaries. ADNOC and its subsidiaries are not responsible for these. This means ADNOC and its subsidiaries have no responsibility for any action you take in connection with a scam or attempted cyber-security attack and we are not liable for any loss you suffer.