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Notice to our 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 claim to originate from the University of Iowa but are in fact fraudulent. While the university cannot prevent this illegal activity, we will actively work 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 Iowa
  • The message requests shipment of products to non-University of Iowa 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

If you believe you have received a fraudulent email that appears to be from the University of Iowa, you may forward it to our Purchasing department at purch-pos@uiowa.edu to verify its legitimacy before responding to the email or filling the order.

The University of Iowa Purchasing department values its partnership with our vendors. 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.