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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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania
  • The message may request shipment of products to a non-University of Pennsylvania address
  • 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

Purchasing Services at the University of Pennsylvania appreciates the very important role our suppliers play in providing goods and services to our faculty and staff in support of their academic, research, and patient care endeavors. Please know that we are assisting to the fullest extent we are able with the investigation of this illegal activity by reporting all fraudulent emails to appropriate authorities. If you wish to report an incident please use the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov site to file a complaint. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .