The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is warning fleets to be alert to another round of fraudulent USDOT letters dated Sept. 24, 2012, that are being distributed, largely by fax, to motor carrier officials.

The letters appear to be from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation Procurement Office and are signed by a fictitious name, Julie Weynel – Senior Procurement Officer, who FMCSA said emphasizes 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!” the FMCSA alert stated.

Additional information on the USDOT Office of Inspector General Websites below:

http://www.dot.gov/ost/m60/fraudulent_letters.htm

http://www.oig.dot.gov/fraud-alert