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That's a sensitive issue. Talk to the construction PM first. See if this can be resolved, if not bring this to the notice of higher executives.
Ethically you should report this, and all such instances.
As a loyal and commited team member, you need to report fraudulent actions no matter what.
Yes, every fraudulent action has to be reported to higher executives/management being a responsible team member/manager..
If you haven't yet done so, the most important thing to do in this situation and before reporting the action is to investigate and have the definite evidence that is a scam.
Please refer if some procedure is given in your company to handle such matter or if there is some dedicated person is available to report such incident, else you must report such incident to your next level authority.
Obviously, you must be sufficiently certain that there is something to report. But nosing around trying to dig up stuff could hurt you and the company.
Unless your reporting manager is involved, it is a good practice to bring it to her attention.
Hello Jeffrey: I agree with Rami and Laxman that it is your duty as a PM professional to shed light on anything that is fraudulent - and you must do this right away. We must ensure full disclosure is always occurring and we must be truthful in all our communications. We are creating our reputation - and if you do not disclose fraud, then your reputation will be marred as well. We hold very high professional, ethical and social standards as Project Managers. We can never try to hide that a project is in trouble, or that any fraudulent activity is occurring.
The Ethical dilemmas are always tough questions. It's easy to write in a forum, ohhh yesss do it! But I can imagine your situation right now, and will be very difficult. Courage!
As below people commented before, yes, you should report it. Now second question, how? My recommendation is as soon as possible and before analyze if your company have a platform to do it in an anonymous way, like this you'll feel more confident. If not, review the levels of authority of your company, and do it. Try to use neutral words, and do it in a formal environment or communication method (in order to avoid that people think that you are trying to gossip instead of reporting an unethical situation)
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