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Notice to Suppliers: Fraudulent Purchase Order Email Activity

An active e-mail scam involves purchase orders and requests for quotes that purport to originate from UC Davis, but are fraudulent.

While the University cannot prevent this illegal activity, we are actively working with law enforcement to investigate these fraudulent e-mail contacts.

Here are some common traits or themes of these fraudulent e-mails that may help reduce risk to your company in becoming a financial victim of this scam:

  • The request comes from the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO). The UC Davis CPO does not create or place Purchase Orders.
  • The e-mail message is poorly written, with misspellings and awkward sentence structure.
  • The sender's e-mail address does not end in ucdavis.edu or appears to end in ucdavis.edu, but when you hover over it, it directs to a different email address.  You should always hover over the email address to ensure it ends with .ucdavis.edu.
  • The message requests shipment of products to non-UC Davis addresses or claims that UC Davis will send a carrier to pick up the shipment.

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, but some of the other factors described above can help identify it as a fraudulent message.

When in doubt about the legitimacy of a message, do not click on any of the links in the message, and do not take any action to fulfill the order.

Prior to responding to the e-mail or filling the order, you may verify its legitimacy by contacting UC Davis Procurement & Contracting Services at procure-help@ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis values our partnership with you - and appreciates the very important role you play in providing goods and services to our faculty, students and staff in support of their academic, research, and patient care endeavors.

We are assisting to the fullest extent we are able with the investigation of this illegal activity by reporting all fraudulent e-mails to appropriate authorities. If you believe you have received a fraudulent e-mail, you may forward it to afs-fraud@ucdavis.edu.