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Fraudulent Letters from the U.S. Department of Transportation

Some local customers have received fraudulent letters that appear as if they are from the U.S. Department of Transportation requesting bank account information.

The letter asks the customer to complete a form that requests their Bank's name, the branch phone number, branch fax number, and bank contact along with their account number. It then asks for the form to be returned by fax. In reality, this fax number is registered to an e-fax service that forwards the fax via e-mail to criminals outside of the country.

Once the criminals receive this information, they attempt to originate a fraudulent wire transfer via a fax sent to the bank that is supposedly sent by the customer. The fax requests funds to be sent to an individual outside the country.

A sample of the scam letter can be found at: http://www.dot.gov/ost/m60/fraud_niels_fugal_08292011.pdf.

Please be aware if you receive such a letter. Do not respond.