Fraud Attempts Targeting University Suppliers

The Purchasing Department has recently become aware of an active email fraud scam that is targeting suppliers in the United States. We wanted to alert you to this scam that involves requests for quotations, establishment of credit or submission of a purchase order, which purports to originate from the University but is in fact fraudulent. The requests are for large quantities of highly resalable items such as electronics, hard drives, memory, toner cartridges or scientific items, etc.

While the University cannot prevent this illegal activity, we are actively working with law enforcement to investigate these fraudulent email contacts and to address fraudulent purchase orders issued in the University’s name as we become aware of them.

Many suppliers receiving these requests contact the Purchasing Department to validate them and may also contact others on campus. Please direct suppliers to information that has been posted on the Purchasing website:

Fraud Notice to SuppliersFraud Notice to Suppliers

With questions you may have or problems that you encounter, please contact the Purchasing Department at 801-581-7241 or Glendon Mitchell, Purchasing Associate Director, at gmitchell@purchasing.utah.edu 801-587-3784.

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