June 5, 2018

Vendors across the country have been getting fake requests for quotations purporting to be from state agencies, including at least one from the Texas Health and Human Services system.

The fake HHS email came with an attachment that looks like an official document. HHS is working with state and federal authorities to track the source, but in the meantime, vendors who get requests can email HHSC at pcs_cst_hhsc@hhsc.state.tx.us to confirm their legitimacy.

"We've set up a special email address that we'll actively monitor," said Bart Broz, interim deputy executive commissioner for HHS Procurement and Contracting Services, who is overseeing day-to-day operations in HHS's procurement department. "If in doubt, check it out."

Other fake requests have gone out claiming to be from Texas agencies, including the Comptroller of Public Accounts and the Department of Information Resources. For more information, visit the Comptroller's website or see the DIR notice.

To report a fraudulent request from HHS, use the OIG online reporting form or call our fraud hotline at 800-436-6184.