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Scams alert

November 17, 2010
In a way, it’s refreshing to report about scams that don’t involve Nigeria.



Several area dealers received recent correspondence under the guise of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The fraudulent letters request bank account information in order to register as a current or potential contractor. Dealers who receive the letter should call the transportation department’s Inspector General Hotline at 800-424-9071.


The Internal Revenue Service has issued an alert about another scam, a two-step e-mail scam that falsely promises recipients they will receive $80 for participating in an online customer satisfaction survey. In the scam, an unsolicited e-mail that appears to come from the IRS contains a link to an online "member satisfaction survey." But the survey asks for the respondent’s credit card information, among other things. The IRS emphasized that it does not send unsolicited e-mail.