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Posts: 1,452
Registered: ‎11-06-2009
My Device: Torch 9810
My Carrier: WiFi
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Mail from "Office of the Controller - BlackBerry"?

I received a strange email yesterday, and I'm not sure if it is some kind of scam/spam. Here it is:

 

Subject:   Update to BlackBerry policies: No-PO-No-Pay
From:   "Office of the Controller - BlackBerry"
At BlackBerry, we are making improvements to our global purchasing processes.

Effective October 1st 2013, all indirect purchase requests with a value greater than
$5,000 USD will require a Purchase Order in order to process payment. Any invoices
received after the effective date without a Purchase Order number will be returned
to you unpaid.

Please send any questions regarding the No-PO-No-Pay policy update to
....

Regards, .... Senior Director, Strategic Sourcing

(I've removed any contact information, mentioned in the mail)

 

 

If it is legit can someone explain it to me in plain English what it does really mean.



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Developer
Posts: 6,152
Registered: ‎07-05-2012
My Device: Playbook, Dev Alpha C, Z10 LE, Z30
My Carrier: Orange

Re: Mail from "Office of the Controller - BlackBerry"?

Do you purchase from BlackBerry and in that amount?

 

I can't speak to its legitamacy but a PO is normally just a document describing what is being purchased with the quantities alongside company and finance details.  A Company finance department will take this PO and do due diligance on it to see if the money is likely to be paid (i.e. a company credit check).

 

It looks like BlackBerry are tightening the reins on revenue and bad debt.

 


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Developer
Posts: 1,452
Registered: ‎11-06-2009
My Device: Torch 9810
My Carrier: WiFi

Re: Mail from "Office of the Controller - BlackBerry"?

I don't remember buying anything from BlackBerry at all (devs get devices for free, right). The mail was sent to my BBWorld vendor email.

 

Like two years ago some of my apps were part of a Sprint promo, so this is the only time I've sent invoices to BlackBerry (to get paid for the extra free downloads during the promo campaign). Maybe that's why they have my email.



"When you become a level 3 developer, you learn to communicate over the ether. I'm told that level 5 developers are ascend into a higher level of existence beyond the physical realm." gord888 @ crackberry
Developer
Posts: 6,152
Registered: ‎07-05-2012
My Device: Playbook, Dev Alpha C, Z10 LE, Z30
My Carrier: Orange

Re: Mail from "Office of the Controller - BlackBerry"?

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Likely you are just on the mailing list and so it's nothing to worry about.

 

However way back in my Commercial Manager days I would never have allowed an email like this to go out to customers it looks too much like an internal Sales memo mixed with an attempt to communicate the change to customers and the title is bordering on being downright insulting.

 


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Posts: 304
Registered: ‎08-01-2008
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Mail from "Office of the Controller - BlackBerry"?

Maybe they discovered they have been a victim of "fake invoice scams", so are updating their policies Smiley Happy

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Posts: 6,152
Registered: ‎07-05-2012
My Device: Playbook, Dev Alpha C, Z10 LE, Z30
My Carrier: Orange

Re: Mail from "Office of the Controller - BlackBerry"?

LOL, so that's where the billion dollars went!

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