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Fraudulent Purchase Order Activity

August 21, 2017

This is a notification to the vendor community, as well as Northwestern departments and schools. We want to alert you to an active email scam involving purchase orders and request for product quotations that purport to originate from Northwestern University but are in fact fraudulent. While the University cannot prevent this illegal activity, we are actively working with law enforcement to investigate these scams. Some of the common traits or themes of these fraudulent emails, purchase orders, and invoices are as follows:

If you believe you have received a fraudulent email, purchase order, or invoice that appears to be associated with Northwestern University, please forward it to the Procurement and Payment Services department at to verify its legitimacy before responding to the email, filling the order, or paying the invoice. Please know that we are assisting to the fullest extent possible with the investigation of this illegal activity by reporting all fraudulent emails to appropriate authorities.

Jim Konrad, Executive Director
Procurement and Payment Services
Northwestern University

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