Scammers have again stolen the identity of yet another company. This time Wesco International, Inc. a leading distributor of electrical supplies and integrated supply services. Wesco issued the “Alert” below.
Vendors Are Encouraged to Verify Any Suspected Fraudulent WESCO Purchase Orders
Beware of Online Fraud:
WESCO Distribution, Inc. (“WESCO”) has become aware from both outside parties and various internal business units that a number of vendors have received fraudulent purchase orders from persons falsely representing themselves as authorized WESCO representatives in an effort to obtain product or obtain vendor bank account information for fraudulent purposes. Vendors have reported receiving suspicious purchase orders bearing names of actual WESCO officers and employees, including WESCO’s Chief Executive Officer.
Report Suspicious Activities or Information:
Please immediately report any suspicious requests to WESCO’s Asset Protection group at: (412) 454-4824, firstname.lastname@example.org, or WESCO Distribution, Inc., 225 West Station Square Drive, Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Please follow safe business and computing practices to help protect your information.
What you can do to Verify a WESCO Purchase Order:
First time vendors receiving purchase orders purporting to originate from WESCO are encouraged to contact WESCO’s Asset Protection group in order to verify the authenticity of such purchase order.
If you suspect that you have received a fraudulent purchase order, please contact WESCO’s Asset Protection group for verification.
To expedite WESCO’s Asset Protection group’s review, please have available the suspect purchase order(s) and any other details giving rise to your suspicions.
The information on this page is provided by WESCO for information purposes only. WESCO is proud of its business and services and is working diligently to provide the best service to our customers and vendors including sharing market and security information as soon as learned. WESCO is concerned about fraudulent practices being perpetrated in its name and suggests you follow the guidance outlined in this Security Alert. Vendors are ultimately responsible for protecting themselves and their business from all forms of fraud; however, WESCO will use commercially reasonable efforts to work with any vendor suspecting fraud.