The Arizona Department of Transportation has sent out an alert informing trucking companies of a scam targeting trucking companies and a request to let its Enforcement and Compliance Division know of any suspicious behavior.
According to an ADOT press release, an individual is calling trucking companies and posing as an ADOT Enforcement and Compliance Officer. It happened this month to a Mesa trucking company. The man called one trucking company claiming that one of its trucks was involved in a crash. He then demanded a payment for a mechanic called out to make repairs.
A month ago, OOIDA Member Joyce Brenny, owner of Brenny Transportation of St. Cloud, Minn., said it happened with one of her trucks that was traveling in Arizona. Brenny was contacted by the impostor who referred to himself as “Officer Davies.” He requested two payments of nearly $1,000 each and even had the truck number. But Brenny didn’t take the bait.
She contacted the driver who confirmed her suspicions: No crash had occurred.
ADOT recommends trucking companies be aware of the following if contacted by an alleged officer:
- While ADOT officers assist state troopers and local police agencies with commercial vehicle safety inspections, they don’t investigate crashes or typical traffic incidents.
- ADOT officers will assist drivers who have been involved in crashes or have mechanical problems but will never unilaterally call mechanics and hold trucks until payment is made.
- ADOT officers may call for heavy-duty tow trucks, but this would be discussed beforehand with the trucking company.
- An ADOT officer will give a trucking company his or her name, badge number, location and contact information. The officer will also provide the truck number and driver’s name. Typically, the officer will have the driver speak with his or her company.
Any suspicious calls should be reported to ADOT Enforcement and Compliance Division at 602-712-8396.
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