Fax scammers hit Indiana stealing IDs with DOT claim
Faxes appear with what looks like official letterhead from the "Procurement Office" in Washington D.C. The letter, which has a number of grammatical and punctuation errors, asks the recipient to fax a "financial information release form" to a D.C.-area number, or else be declared ineligible for procurement. "The DOT would not ask this," says Indiana AG Greg Zoeller in a written statement. A similar letter sent to Connecticut businesses last year appears here.
The fake faxes can be detected by the names of the "procurement officers" signed at the bottom: "Dan Jacobs," "Lisa Johnson," "Jason Scarlett," "Julie P. Wenzel," "Bradley K. Walsh," "Jeffery Steinberg," and "Julie P. Weynel." Identity theft scams can come by fax, postal and e-mail. The IRS warned in February its logo was taken in a similar scheme using e-mail.