Kansas State University Purchasing Office’s mission is to support and facilitate the instructional, research, and public service missions of the University by applying the best methods and best business practices when K-State is acquiring supplies, materials, equipment, goods, property, printing, services, and leases of real property. Within the context of the K-State environment, Purchasing will promote the development and use of purchasing processes that, in turn, promote the pursuit of excellence and the best interests of K-State while maintaining the highest possible integrity, broad based competition, fair and equal treatment of the business community, and increased economies & efficiencies in the purchasing process. K-State Purchasing communicates and collaborates with other state universities and the State of Kansas Procurement and Contracts office to insure that all procurement opportunities where mutual benefit can be obtained are achieved.
There is a new scam effecting universities nationwide.
Criminals posing as university representatives are calling retailers to make an order, giving basic information gained from public websites in an attempt to access information on an already established account with the company and then hang up after obtaining what information they can.
They call again, giving all the information gained from the first phone call, order thousands in dollars in product, bill to the university’s line of credit and ship the items to the university.
The criminal then contacts the university, posing as an employee of the retailer, claiming the items were shipped in error and that the university needs to “ship them back”.
The university, believing they are returning products to the company, actually ships the items to the criminal.
Please be alert when receiving emails from companies you are not familiar with and pass this information on to your colleagues. The criminals can make emails look very legit even from “purchasing”. Some common variations of spoof addresses are: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
More information on this scheme is available at http://www.ic3.gov/media/2014/140904.aspx
If you are suspicious of any activity on your BPC, please call Accounting immediately. If you receive order confirmations via email you are not familiar with, please call ITAC before opening. If you ever receive a phone call that just doesn’t seem right, please take down as much information as you can and contact us. We will use the information to warn others.