Fraud Alert: Someone has been using the university's credit references in an attempt to open accounts with several vendors across the country. The credit reference letter is generally an altered version of the one previously found on our website, and the person(s) refer to themselves as being from the "Regents of the University of California."
If you have any suspicion about any contact you receive that indicates it is from UC Davis, please call (530) 752-0370 immediately to confirm.
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Handling Credit Application Requests
Purchasing does not typically agree to sign vendors’ credit applications. When requested by a vendor to do so, consider the following:
LAST RESORT: If you’ve tried the above avenues with no success, and you absolutely require the product and can get it from no other source, you would need to submit the credit application as an attachment to a "no-cost" type requisition. If you must go this route, please be sure to include a note in the requisition "notes" field that you attempted to get the supplier to accept a DPO with the UCD credit reference letter without signing their agreement and that you weren't able to locate another source. In the item description area of the requisition, please indicate what types of items you intend to purchase through the vendor on future DPO's.
- You may return an unsigned, but otherwise completed copy of the application along with a copy of our credit information. Occasionally, the supplier will be satisfied with this. Our credit reference letter can also be downloaded and provided to the vendor.
- Does your department have a procurement card? If so, try using that with the vendor.
- If the supplier refuses to accept either of the above two options, consider other sources for same or equivalent product who may accept your DPO or P-card without a credit application process.