A Publishers Association member would like to alert publishers to the risk of scam book tenders originating out of Malaysia. A representative from a company calling itself PVCAS (Point View Consulting) is reaching out to contact UK publishers regarding a fake government book tender by “Sabah Project Procurement Unit”. The tender required an initial participation fee of several thousand dollars, then demanded a further 1% upfront payment on the total tender order. The tender documents passed initial authenticity checks but suspicions were raised before significant funds were lost.

Any members with concerns about similar scams can contact mail@publishers.org.uk for assistance or report the fraud directly to Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/