Supplier Scam and Fraud Alert

Please ensure that you are doing business with an authorized University of California, San Diego employee. 

The University of California, San Diego has experienced an increase in the number of reported fraudulent emails being sent to our suppliers by individuals posing as UC San Diego employees, specifically Chief Procurement Officer Ted Johnson.

The perpetrators of this scheme are requesting quotes in a manner that does not align with UC San Diego processes. Indications of fraudulent emails include incorrect domain names in the email address, poorly written emails with grammtaical errors, and a request to open a line of credit on behalf of the university. 

UC San Diego emails will end with '(at)ucsd(dot)edu' and rarely, if ever, will UC San Diego initiate a purchase by requesting a quote through email without providing:

  • a valid UC San Diego Purchase Order
  • a UC San Diego delivery location
  • a UC San Diego department contact name and phone number

Note that:

  • deliveries to personal residences are generally not allowed
  • most purchases go through the campus eProcurement site, Marketplace (SciQuest) and will generate a Purchase Order
  • when accepting a payment method other than cash, proper identification should be obtained prior to completion of a sale
  • UC San Diego cannot be responsible for fraudulent orders 
  • if orders were accidentally shipped as a result of being duped by a fraudulent scheme, report it to your local police department

If there are any doubts regarding the legitimacy of a purchase or quote request, contact procurement at 858-534-9494.

Additional information regarding purchase order fraud can be found on the FBI website. If you wish to file a formal complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), you can do so here www.ic3.gov.