NDOT warns of computer purchase scam

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - The Nevada Department of Transportation is warning the community about a potential scam in which people, posing as NDOT, attempt to purchase computer equipment without an official state purchase request or vendor solicitation.

NDOT says the scammers use a fake @nevadadot.com e-mail address to make the purchase requests. The scammers then attempt to get the equipment delivered to an out-of-state location.

NDOT has been contacted by multiple companies to verify the purchase requests, which turned out to be illegitimate. At least one company shipped computer equipment without verifying the order with NDOT.

Any company or individual receiving an unexpected NDOT purchase request without official documentation is advised to contact the purchase originator or (775) 888-7000 for verification.

Official NDOT e-mail addresses end with @dot.nv.gov and not the fake @nevadaddot.com used as part of the scam.