The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has reissued its warning to the trucking industry that a longtime scam has surfaced once again.
Another round of fraudulent U.S. Department of Transportation letters dated July 10, 2013, are being distributed, largely by fax, to motor carrier officials. The letters appear to be from the U.S. Department of Transportation Procurement Office and are signed by a fictitious name, Julie Weynel – Senior Procurement Officer, who is not an employee of U.S. DOT, according to a notice from FMCSA.
The letters are an attempt to obtain banking information from the targeted carriers.
Motor carrier officials and their employees – as well as government and law enforcement officials – should be vigilant and on the lookout for fraudulent attempts to gather financial (or other personal identifiable information) data by fax, email, or telephone, the notice states. Requestors should be verified and authenticated before such data is provided, the agency advises.
This longtime scam dates back to 2005. The letters vary somewhat and are signed with different names ranging from Frank M. Orell to Jason Scarlett to the current Julie Weynel.
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