Purchase Order Scams
It has been brought to our attention that there is an active email scam involving purchase orders and requests for product quotations that seem to originate from Wellesley College but are in fact fraudulent. We are actively working with the law enforcement to investigate these fraudulent emails. Please note that any emails from the college will end in @wellesley.edu and the college will never request shipment of products to a non-Wellesley College address. If you believe you have received a fraudulent email that appears to be from Wellesley College, please forward it to the Purchasing Department to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to verify its legitimacy before responding to the email or filling the order.
Several departments across campus have also been recently targeted for toner scams. The scamming companies pose as suppliers with generic, familiar sounding names, and as Wellesley departments like LTS. They call to solicit orders or to ask you to help take “unwanted” toners off their hands at “special” prices. The Federal Trade Commission has published detailed information concerning this scam at the Better Business Bureau website.
Wellesley College’s master lease and maintenance agreements for multifunction copiers from Conway Office Solutions include all toner supplies at no charge. The phone number to order supplies is available on a label on the front of your copier.
Desktop printer ink and toners should be ordered from our office supply vendor- WB Mason. Under no circumstances should you place any orders for ink or toner from any vendor that has called you to solicit such a sale, nor should you provide any serial numbers or models for your printing devices.
If someone other than your known account representative is soliciting sales and service, you have every right to refuse service and report the event to Purchasing. If you are unsure, please ask for a phone number to call them back. If they say the price cannot be honored unless you choose right then, hang up. Reputable vendors do not do business in such a manner.
The Wellesley College Purchasing Department provides the latest product and supplier information, pricing, competitive bidding, and contract negotiation services for the Wellesley College community. Please contact us whenever you have questions regarding suppliers or their services.
The mission of the Purchasing Department is to facilitate the procurement of goods and services for the Wellesley College community at pricing and quality that meets or exceeds the end user's expectations. We hope to create an environment where Wellesley College Departments would employ the most effective and innovative methods for procuring quality goods and services. Our responsibilities include providing the Wellesley College with policies that foster an ethical, responsive and efficient environment and recognizing the department's obligations to our suppliers and our internal customers. The Wellesley College Purchasing Department is committed to the highest standards of service and continuously strives for improvement in all these areas.