Truckers warned of scammers seeking financial information

| 6/5/2008

Officials in at least two states are warning trucking companies to be on the lookout for an apparent scam. They say someone is sending letters to trucking companies on what appears to be, but is not, U.S. Department of Transportation letterhead stationary.

The fake document states that the trucking firm receiving the letter is on a list for possible government contracts, but to qualify for the loads its owners must fax a “financial information release form” that includes bank account information.

Trucking companies in Missouri and Virginia have reported receiving the letters.

OOIDA Director of Regulatory Affairs Rick Craig said that all truckers should be wary of anyone requesting financial or personal information.

“If you are in doubt at all, contact the person or agency that is supposedly requesting the information to confirm that the request is legitimate,” Craig said.