Corporate Wise recently reported an incident where a scam artist used their accreditation information and brand name to perform training. Training providers are now being warned to watch out for similar suspicious behaviour. This is their story:
On Thursday of last week our Durban office was contacted by a company asking if we had an employee working for us in Cape Town. It turns out that a gentlemen by the name of Vusi, working as a broker for HA Group, had taken our Accreditation Certificate and used it as his own! When CorporateWise was asked to train by HA Group for one of their clients in July last year, we were asked to send relevant documentation – Accreditation details, Tax Clearance Certificate, BBBEE certificate etc. The client was reputable and we sent the documentation and the training was completed. Subsequent to this we received one email from Vusi asking what unit standard our Train the Trainer workshop was aligned to and a further email enquiring about an Email Etiquette workshop. No other correspondence requesting information about workshops or booking workshops was entered into.
Vusi advised this client that CorporateWise was conducting a Train the Trainer workshop on the 17th to 19th March (we were not). He sent to the client all necessary documentation and booked the training – at a very high rate – and provided them with our certificate. He then contacted the client to say that CorporateWise’s workshop was fully booked but he would set up another workshop. When the delegate arrived at the workshop he’d set up it was a Skills Development Facilitator workshop! When the client queried this he said there was nothing he could do and he could not reimburse them as he had incurred costs!
The client then contacted our offices in Durban. If he is doing this type of thing to providers and, subsequently messing clients around, this will have a very negative impact on the reputations of the providers whom he is “using”. We do not know who else Vusi has trained using CorporateWise credentials and we urge other providers to be aware that if they are approached by this gentlemen, they should not give him documentation. We also urge clients who are approached by brokers who are unknown to them to establish their credentials with a view to ensuring that the training is being conducted by a Registered and Accredited provider.