Scam alert: Please review all purchase orders and ship-to requests carefully
Published April 6, 2015
Providence is being targeted in a sophisticated purchasing scam. The scamsters have attempted three times to use a valid Providence purchasing account from one state to have large quantities of medical supplies shipped to their address in another state. Fortunately, the scam was uncovered before the products were shipped.
The scamsters attempted to order products from established Providence vendors. Our vendors reached out to us each time to confirm through Supply Chain Management (SCM) that the new ship-to address was valid, which is how we were able to stop the attempts.
The fraudulent requests showed detailed knowledge of our operations. They included the names of actual Providence caregivers, along with their job titles. The email addresses used a domain name similar to ours, and the phone number provided was very close to actual Providence numbers.
- If you are contacted by a vendor or anyone unknown to you regarding a purchase order, account number or ship-to location, refer those calls to System Director Jeannie Evans, SCM, or phone 503-215-7523.
- If you are contacted directly, do not provide any information or authorization. At this time, we aren’t aware of any attempts by the scamsters to reach our caregivers directly, but this could change.
- Safeguard all information related to our purchasing accounts, cost centers, vendor account numbers, etc. Do not leave these materials out on your desk, or share them with people who do not need this information to do their jobs.
We appreciate the help of all caregivers to safeguard Providence’s confidential information.