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Beware fraudulent activity

Ring the alarm! There’s a rise in the number of workshops falsely claiming RMI membership – and it affects us all. Here’s why.

It has come to our attention that some workshops are submitting fraudulent RMI membership certificates when taking part in tender applications. 

The increase in such activity is possibly due to the fact that requests for tenders for motor vehicle maintenance, repairs, products and services are common during June and July, and in many cases, proof of RMI membership and MIWA accreditation is a requirement of the application. However, given the current turbulence of our economy at present, it is likely that this fraudulent activity will continue. 

While the request for proof of RMI membership is certainly proof that our work is valued and held in high esteem, this reputation may be damaged by workshops presenting fraudulent certificates. With this in mind, it is vital that we ensure that our membership database is up-to-date and that we verify the membership and accreditation authenticity of workshops along with their good standing.

We can further overcome this challenge by ensuring that all members, fleet operators and consumers are aware of false claims to membership, and advising them to proceed with caution.

We thank you for your efforts to spread awareness of fraudulent activity – we all have a part to play in addressing this issue.

Jakkie Olivier – CEO Retail Motor Industry Organisation