Phishing Awareness

What is phishing attack

Phishing is a scam that takes place by email and occurs when a legitimate-looking email, appearing to come from CSD is sent to you requesting you to click a link to update or verify your personal or supplier details.

You need to be aware of email scams, and so we've created a section of the website where we will post updates of any scams we have heard about. Similarly, we would like you to tell us about an emails you think are scams or phishing.

Members of the public are randomly emailed with false “spoofed” emails made to look as if these emails were sent from CSD, but are in fact fraudulent emails aimed at enticing unsuspecting suppliers to give away their personal information such as supplier details or login credentials.


Examples include emails that appear to be from indicating that suppliers are eligible to receive tenders. These emails contain links to false forms and fake websites made to look like the “real thing”, but with the aim of fooling people into entering personal information such as bank account details which the criminals then extract then use fraudulently.


Please note these are scams and CSD suppliers should take note of the following:

  • Do not open or respond to emails from unknown sources.
  • Beware of emails that ask for personal, supplier details and CSD login username and password.
  • CSD will never request your banking details in any communication that you receive via post, email, or SMS. However, for the purpose of telephonic engagement and authentication purposes, CSD will verify our personal details. Importantly, CSD will not send you any hyperlinks to other websites – even those of banks.
  • Beware of false SMS’s.
  • CSD does not send *.htm or *.html attachments.
  • CSD will never ask for your credit card details.

What to do?

  • Change your password
  • Scan your computer for viruses
  • Contact CSD
  • Protect yourself against future phishing attack schemes

Who to call?

To report or to get more information on phishing, please send an email to or call 012 406 9222.