As we have advised you in the past to beware, recently several MITA members have received what appears to be official letters from the USDOT requesting specific bank account information.
Although the fax letters are very official looking on USDOT Procurement Office letterhead, we have confirmed with the USDOT’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) that the letters are indeed fraudulent. The individuals who are sending out the Procurement Office letters are writing “bad checks” against the accounts of the companies that unfortunately provide them the information.
The USDOT OIG has indicated they are stepping up their efforts to investigate the source of these fraudulent letters as they have also been appearing in Illinois.
If you receive or have received one of these letters, the OIG has requested you contact Special Agent Jacquie Wente in their Chicago office, at 312-353-0461 (fax: 312-353-7032).
If you have any questions, please contact Glenn Bukoski or Doug Needham via e-mail at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 517-347-8336.