Truckers BEWARE… Fraud Is On The Rise, Says FMCSA
Washington, D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is warning owners of new trucking businesses to be on the look out for fraud.
In a release, the FMCSA said owners of new trucking companies are often targeted with “aggressive or fraudulent marketing” attempts by vendors who obtain “basic carrier information” on your application which is publicly available.
The agency said complaints from trucking company owners of “confusing or misleading solicitations from service providers or third party administrators by telephone, e-mail, text and US Mail,” are growing.
FMCSA said the most common areas of complaints are carriers being pressured to immediately enroll in:
- Drug and Alcohol Supervisor training
- General FMCSA regulatory and compliance support
- Unified Carrier Registration Compliance
- Biennial Update or Unified Registration System compliance
The agency said that it does recognize the “valuable services” motor carrier service providers and third-party administrators or their employees provide the motor carrier community. However, the U.S. Government does not endorse private businesses or vendors, and the use of a service provider is NOT required by FMCSA.
Under federal law, impersonating “an officer or employee acting under the authority of the United States” in order to demand or obtain “any money, document, or thing of value” can result in a fine as well as imprisonment for up to three years (18 USC § 912).
If you have been the victim of fraud and experienced a loss, please report the crime to Law Enforcement. You should report any compromised banking or credit card information to your financial institution or Credit Card Company immediately.
If you would like to report a fraudulent request for information to DOT, please contact the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Hotline via https://www.oig.dot.gov/hotline or by calling (800) 424–9071.
You can report aggressive or misleading marketers to the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/complaint.