Anixter issues fraud alert

Oct. 30, 2012
A number of companies have received fraudulent requests for quotations and fraudulent purchase orders from an individual misrepresenting himself as an Accounts Payable Manager at Anixter.

On October 30, Anixter issued a fraud alert on its website, warning customers against unauthorized requests for quotations and purchase orders. In the interest of clarity, the message from the communication and security products distributor is re-produced below in its entirety:

Fraud Alert: Unauthorized Requests for Quotations and Purchase Orders

It has come to our attention that a number of companies have received fraudulent requests for quotations and also fraudulent purchase orders from an individual using the name Thomas Riddle and misrepresenting himself as an Accounts Payable Manager at Anixter. The email addresses this individual is using are [email protected] and [email protected]. This individual is attempting to order products and have them shipped to what he is claiming are Anixter locations but in reality are typically residential addresses all over the United States. This individual upon request is also submitting bank and D&B information for Anixter.

This is an example of text from one of the fraudulent emails, but please note that the items being requested or language used may vary from one email to another:

From: Thomas Riddle

We are currently looking for the availability of the product listed and you are invited to submit price quotation in a pro-forma invoice for ANY of the items listed below:

CISCO 2960 48PST-L WS-C2960-48PST-L...2Units

Western Digital External hard drive Model: WDBBEP0010BBK-NESN 1TB....5units

HP EliteBook 8770w Mobile Workstation (ENERGY STAR)...1Unit

HP C9732A Laser Printer Cartridge(OEM)...25Units

HP C9733A Laser Printer Cartridge(OEM)...25Units

MacBook Pro 15" / 2.4GHz Core i7 / 4GB(2x2GB) / 750GB / 8xSD / Intel Graphics and Radeon HD 6770M 1GB....2Units

Also, include sales tax, if applicable and delivery cost via UPS to our location in Jacksonville, Tx 75766

Thank You & Best Regards,
Thomas Riddle
Anixter International
2301 Patriot Blvd.
Glenview, IL 60026
Tel: (224) 521-0131
Fax: (224) 323-6859

This individual has no connection to Anixter and is using our name and logo solely for the purpose of committing fraud. If you receive any correspondence from an email address ending in please do not respond. If you have any questions regarding the validity of a purchase order please call 1.800.323.8167.

Anixter's Legal Department is working with federal authorities, as well as the companies involved with the registration of the domain name and the associated email addresses in order to put a stop to this fraudulent activity.

View this message at Anixter's website.

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