Coronavirus fraud

28 Feb 2020 / Worldwide

ITIC [International Transport Intermediaries Club Ltd] has received reports of fraudulent invoices being submitted to owners for the provision of medical testing services in relation to the coronavirus.

Fraudulent invoices often contain errors which can be detected. For example, one invoice we have seen had an incorrect flag for the vessel. A simple check with the Master confirmed that the invoice was fraudulent.

Members responsible for settling disbursement accounts, especially ship managers, are urged to be vigilant.

(For updates related to measures to control/prevent the spread of COVID-19, see

Source: International Transport Intermediaries Club Ltd circular dated 27 February 2020

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