OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) Thresholds Change
As of 1 January 2016 the OJEU thresholds have decrease to:
- Goods £164,176 (Previously £172,514)
- Services £164,176 (Previously £172,514)
- Works £4,104,394(Previously £4,332,012)
A significant number of private sector suppliers have advised that they are receiving communications purporting to be from the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), possibly from a Dan Jacobs, who is quoted as a Senior Procurement Officer at the OGC.
These communications request that current or potential suppliers return an "authorisation to release financial information" form and provide other business related information via a fax number. Bank account details such as sorting code and other information are requested. At this time it is unclear as to whether similar communications are being issued purporting to be from other public sector organisations.
This is a known scam circulating in the UK and the United States and suppliers should be advised Not to Comply with such requests. Information of this type will never be requested in this way.
The police have been informed, as have Trading Standards. Police advice is that any supplier who has fallen victim to this communication should contact their local police force to report the crime for investigation by those individual forces.