Beware new round of bogus DOT letters

| Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fraudulent “phishing” scam letters, purported to be from the U.S. Department of Transportation, are being sent to trucking companies across the country. According to Doug Morris, Director of Security Operations at OOIDA, trucking businesses large and small need to beware, as the fraudulent letters request bank account information for “procurement contracts.”

Morris reports that the communication appears to be from the U.S. DOT Procurement Office and as always it’s signed by a fake name. This time the name is “Joshua Greenberg, Senior Procurement Officer.”

“One clue that these letters are fraudulent is that the return address is 400 Seventh St. SW, Washington, DC,” says Morris, who points out that this is the former address of the U.S. DOT headquarters.

Morris told Land Line that these letters have been distributed an average of three times a year for the last three years. One transportation company that responded with its bank information saw a large amount of money transferred from its account to another bank account and then to a bank in Russia.

If you receive one of the letters, report it to your local FBI office or contact the U.S. DOT Office of Inspector General by calling 800-424-9071, or sending a fax to 540-373-2090, sending an email to hotline@oig.dot.gov, or submitting a complaint online at https://www.oig.dot.gov/hotlineform.jsp

“Remember, no federal agency will ask for banking information by phone or mail,” says Morris. “Only the IRS would do that and that would be in person at one of their official offices.”

– By OOIDA staff

 

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