The IT department that I am employed in is considering reporting ~40 hard drives to the laptop manufacturer as defective, even though they are not. The reason is, they are planning to use the warranty replacement hard drives to load a new OS onto the laptops. Since we have the special warranty service that does not require us to return the "defective" hard drives, the manufacturer is none the wiser about the scheme. I have real reservations about this plan, even though I am not the one actually doing it. I'm curious to see what the community's thoughts are, and if anyone out there has a suggestion about what I could do to stop this without affecting my employment status I'd like to hear it.
I would start by asking to have this thread deleted honestly.
Understand you are putting your job in jeopardy. You may be the 'whistleblower' and also lose your job for doing so.
With that in mind, I would suggest that this is fraud and state to the highest level person who is aware of what is going on what it is. You may not have all the information and this might be a viable solution.
Seek to understand the full process before calling it out. If this it outside of your work area, you may want to sit on it and let it play out for them. I can't honestly believe a company would replace 40 HDDs without starting to ask questions, or want one of their techs on site, or someone there to figure out why there is a such a high failure rate.
Thanks for all your thoughtful replies. I think I am just going to sit on it at this point. As Riser has pointed out, the manufacturer may not fall for the scam. Also, I have taken this to the highest person I am comfortable with without risking my job