Some businesses have been receiving illegitimate email requests from Penn asking for basic information such as company website, catalogue, and contact information.  Messages we have seen so far purport to be from a former Penn employee and appear to originated from  This message can simply be deleted and you may optionally report the fraud attempt with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (   If you have responded to this bogus inquiry, please let us know for further evaluation by contacting us at

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Purchasing Authority

Only assigned Procurement Services representatives have the authority to:

  • Enable new purchasing relationships with external suppliers listed in the BEN Buys approved supplier database
  • Finalize and execute purchase agreements, including University discount pricing agreements
  • Respond to external audit findings or agency inquiries concerning central purchasing policies and procedures