Universities and Colleges are prime victims for scams because of their decentralized budgets, ordering prctices, and changing personnel.  Buffalo State College has been a victim of unscrupulous companies or individuals  in the past. 

The most common commodities that are scammed are advertising, copier toner, light bulbs, ice melting products, office supplies, printer cartridges and chemicals, but scams can involved any commodity or service that exists.

The best way to avoid a scam is to stay informed, alert, and question when something doesn't sound or seem right.

Common Techniques:

  • Telephone or email solicitation offering a "special sale".
  • Sending in a an actual 'tear sheet' of an actual classifed employment advertisement, with a phony invoice.
  • Unknown solicitor calling to ask for your shipping address.
  • Shipping goods that were never ordered and then sending an inflated invoice for payment .
  • The company name is similar to a company that your deal with, but not exactly the same.
  • Selling items at greatly discounted prices, but need an order now to give you the savings.
  • They state "the College's President referred me to you".
  • They are selling discontinued items at closed-out prices.
  • They might ask for your account number or credit card number.

If you suspect that you have been contacted by a supplier scam, advise the caller that it would be best to let Procurement speak to them.  Give them Procurements telephone number.  Chances are they will not call.  The department should call Procurement Services (878-4113) and advise them of the potential scam.