Fraud Attempts Targeting University Suppliers

LSU Procurement has recently become aware of fraudulent email activity that is targeting suppliers in the United States. We want to alert you of this activity that involves requests for quotations, establishment of credit, or submission of a purchase order which purports to originate from the University, but is in fact fraudulent. The requests have been for large quantities of highly resalable items such as electronics, hard drives, memory, toner cartridges, scientific items, etc. The shipping address has always been a non-LSU address, oftentimes identified as a “research” address.


If you receive any communications from a supplier regarding a potential fraudulent purchase order, please have the supplier email with the following information:  

  • Supplier name & contact information
  • Copy of Purchase Order, if available
  • Any other pertinent information (i.e. subsequent emails, documents, etc.)


If you receive requests for quotes, credit line establishment, or purchase orders from Fidel Castro, Joan Collins, or Picasso, DO NOT PLACE THE ORDER. If you are uncertain if the order is from LSU Procurement, please email as soon as possible.

The University is actively working with law enforcement to investigate this fraudulent activity and to report all fraudulent purchase orders issued in the University’s name as we become aware of them.

Please feel free to contact LSU Procurement at or 225-578-2176 with any questions.




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