The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued another warning to all commercial truck and motor carriers in the United States effective immediately.
Another round of fraudulent USDOT Letters dated September 24, 2012 is 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 USDOT.
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 – PII) data by fax, e-mail, or telephone. Requestors should be verified and authenticated before such data is provided!
FMCSA is warning companies to verify information about who is requesting the data BEFORE you send anything in an effort to protect your commercial truck business.