Red Flag: Similarity in Bids; Apparent Connections Between Bidders

Apparent connections between bidders involved in collusive bidding schemes can be revealed by, among other things:

  • Common addresses, fax or telephone numbers, or common spelling errors or typos, on supposedly competing bids;
  • Physical similarities in bid documents submitted by different bidders, such as common formatting or type faces;
  • Sequentially numbered bid securities submitted by different bidders, indicating that one person purchased all of the securities at the same time;
  • Similar or identical line item bid prices, indicating that the bids were prepared jointly or by one person.

Do a due diligence background check on companies that appear to be connected to look for evidence of common ownership or undisclosed affiliations.

This red flag can indicate the following scheme:

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