Scam Alert: Don’t be duped by fake invoices for Procurement Assistance

Remember: Most PTAC services are free!

Our association never sends invoices or charges fees - beware of phony invoices.It has come to our attention that there are businesses receiving phony invoices that appear to be for services received from a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

But the vast majority of PTACs don’t charge for their services.  When nominal fees are charged by a particular PTAC, those fees are clearly described in writing and in advance.

We want you to be aware that this campaign is taking place right now.  Someone is sending out invoices in the name of the “American Procurement Technical Assistance Consultants” for services that have not been sought or agreed to.  This should not be confused  with APTAC — the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centersthe professional association to which all PTACs belong.  Our association never sends invoices or charges fees to PTAC clients.

The phony invoices are in the amount of $249 for “procurement technical assistance.”

If you receive such an invoice for services you did not agree to or receive, do not pay it.

Also, if you receive such an invoice, do everyone a favor and forward it via email to APTAC headquarters at

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  • Proposal Preparation
  • Contract Performance Issues
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More about Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs)

Ninety-eight PTACs – with over 300 local offices – form a nationwide network of procurement professionals dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace. Funded under the Defense Logistics Agency’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program through cooperative agreements with state and local governments and non-profit organizations, PTACs are the bridge between buyer and supplier, bringing to bear their knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service to our government with better quality and at lower costs.