Financial Affairs

SCAM WARNINGS



Preferred Vendors

Competitive Bidding

Commodity Types
Training Programs

Check Scams
Departments may receive an unsolicited check from a vendor in the mail.  In the fine print on the check, it indicates that if it is cashed, endorsement constitutes an agreement to pay a fee to be listed in an internet directory.  Once the check is cashed, the department is sent a bill for the listing.

Fake Invoice Scams
Individuals may receive emails that appear to be legitimate invoices from common vendors (AT&T, Staples Advantage, FedEx, etc.). These emails typically have an attachment (often a .zip file, which is likely harmful), or contain weblinks that route you to a Phishing style website (see Phishing Scams below).

If you receive one of these invoice emails, simply delete. Do not click on any links or download any attachments. If you are ever concerned an email might be legitimate, feel free to contact Procurement Services for assistance verifying.

Phishing Scams
Individuals may receive unsolicited emails that appear to be from JP Morgan Chase (who handles university ProCards). These emails claim that there has been a breach of security and request your password and other sensitive data to confirm your account.

Please note that the bank will never ask for your password or personal information over email. These emails are considered to be a "phishing scam" and are attempting to obtain your personal data for inappropriate uses. If there is ever a question of an email's validity, either contact the bank directly or Procurement Services.

Phone Support / Technology Scams
The scammers pose as Microsoft (or tech support employees) and claim they detected a virus or malware on your computer. They attempt to trick individuals into providing remote access to computers or paying for unnecessary software fixes. The scammers also charge your credit card and attempt to install software that can steal your personal information.

Toner Scams - Low Pricing
Departments may receive a phone call from a vendor selling print toner.  Many times these vendors state they have an overstock of toner on hand or that they have received an incorrect order.  They will attempt to get the university to order this excess toner at low prices.

Many times these products are of inferior quality.  Do not ever place an order with a toner company other than with the university's preferred vendor.

Toner Scams - Samples
Departments may also receive a call from a vendor attempting to give out toner samples.  They will ask what type of printer or fax machine you are using and for shipping information.  Once the toner is received you will also receive a bill, usually for a price much higher than normal cost.  These samples should never be ordered and if delivered, shipment should be refused.  All print toner should be ordered through DePaul's preferred vendor.

Other Scams
The two websites below list additional scams that you should be aware of:

If you have any questions about the validity of a vendor, please either contact Procurement Services at (312) 362-7510 or have the vendor contact us directly.