Notice to Suppliers: Fraudulent Purchase Order Email Activity
We want to alert you to an active email scam involving purchase orders and request for product quotations that purport to originate from The University of Chicago but are in fact fraudulent. While The University cannot prevent this illegal activity, we are actively working with law enforcement to investigate these fraudulent email contacts.
We can share some common traits or themes of these fraudulent emails that may help reduce risk to your company in becoming a financial victim of this scam:
- The email message is poorly written, with misspellings and awkward sentence structure
- The sender's email address or website link are not authentic to The University of Chicago
- The message requests shipment of products to non-University of Chicago addresses
- The message may include an attachment that is designed to look like a purchase order, may include a logo or other graphic, and a signature that may look legitimate