Notice to Suppliers: Fraudulent Purchase Order Email Activity
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) has become aware and wants to alert you to an active email scam involving purchase orders and request for product quotations that purport to originate from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, but are in fact fraudulent. While the LVMPD cannot prevent this illegal activity, we are actively investigating these fraudulent email contacts.
We can share some common traits or themes of these fraudulent emails that may help reduce risk to your company in becoming a financial victim of this scam:
- The email message is sometimes poorly written, with misspellings and awkward sentence structure
- The sender's email address or website link is not authentic to the LVMPD
- The message requests unusually large quantities of merchandise, with a request to ship priority or overnight
- The message requests shipment of products to non-LVMPD addresses (to a warehouse, self-storage facility, or residence), but the bill to is a correct LVMPD address
- The message usually requests 30-day credit
- Phone numbers are not associated with LVMPD, and numbers are not answered by a live person.
- The message may include an attachment that is designed to look like a purchase order, may include a logo or other graphic, and a signature that may look legitimate.
If you believe you have received a fraudulent email that appears to be from the LVMPD, you may forward it to our Purchasing Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org to verify its legitimacy before responding to the email or filling the order. You may also contact the Purchasing Unit by phone, Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, PST, and Friday, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, PST, at (702) 828-5788.
The Purchasing Unit at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department values the partnership with you - and appreciates the very important role you play in providing goods and services. Please know that we are assisting to the fullest extent we are able with the investigation of this illegal activity by reporting all fraudulent emails to appropriate authorities.