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Harvard University is a large and diverse organization, comprised of more than 37,000 students, faculty, and staff. The Office of Strategic Procurement often receives inquiries from suppliers and businesses that are interested in providing goods and/or services to members of the Harvard community. If you would like to learn more about doing business with Harvard, please review the resources found on this page.
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Notice to Suppliers: Fraudulent Purchase Order Email Activity
February 2014

We want to alert you to an active email scam involving purchase orders and request for product quotations that purport to originate from Harvard University 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:

  1. The email message is poorly written with misspellings and awkward sentence structure.
  2. The sender's email address or website links are not authentic to Harvard University. The "From" address could be displayed as purchasing@harvardprocurement.org or procurement@harvarduniversitty.org.
  3. The message requests shipment of products to a non-Harvard address. The "Ship To" address may likely go to "88 Black Falcon Avenue," which is an International Cargo Port at the dock.
  4. The message may include an attachment that is designed to look like a purchase order, may include a Harvard 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 Harvard University, you may forward it to our Strategic Procurement department at procurement@harvard.edu to verify its legitimacy before responding to the email or filling the order. You may also contact Strategic Procurement by phone at (617) 495-4441.

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