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Notice to Suppliers and Potential Suppliers of Fraudulent Email Activity Involving Orders
This notice is to alert you to an active email scam involving purchase orders and request for product quotations that purport to originate from the College of the Canyons, but are, in fact, fraudulent. While the college cannot prevent this illegal activity, it has informed law enforcement.
Please be cautious and alert to potentially false emails and order documentation, and carefully review unsolicited Purchase Orders purporting to be from the Santa Clarita Community College District or College of the Canyons ("COC"), especially if the college is not already a customer of yours. Here are some common traits or themes of these fraudulent emails that may help reduce risk to your company of becoming a victim of this scam:
- The email message is poorly written, with misspellings and awkward sentence structure.
- The senders’ email address or website link are not authentic to COC.
- The message requests shipment of product to non-COC addresses.
- The message may include an attachment that is designed to look like a COC purchase order, may include a logo or other graphic, and a signature that seems legitimate, but may have misspellings or others errors that indicate it is not legitimate.
If you have any questions as to the authenticity of a purchase order or request for quotation that purports to be from COC, please contact us directly at 661-362-3476 to verify validity of the purchase order before filling the order.
We understand this may be part of a massive nationwide scam, targeting educational institutions in particular. College of the Canyons accepts no liability for goods shipped based on fraudulent emails, purchase orders, or other documentation purporting to be from COC, and will not pay invoices, damages or expenses of any supplier deceived by the fraud.
We value our partnerships with our suppliers and appreciate the very important role they play in providing goods and services to our faculty, students, and staff in support of their academic endeavors. If you have received a fraudulent email or purchase order, please file a complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Cyber Division at www.ic3.gov.