Purchasing Department

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 Alabama 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 Alabama
  • The message requests shipment of products to non-University of Alabama 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 Alabama, you may forward it to our Office of Procurement Services at purchaseorders@fa.ua.edu to verify its legitimacy before responding to the email or filling the order. You may also contact the Office of Procurement Services by phone, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:45 pm (CST) at (205) 348-5230.

The Office of Procurement Services and The University of Alabama value our partnership with you - and appreciate the very important role you play in providing goods and services to our faculty, students and staff in support of their teaching, research and service. 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.