BBB Warns Businesses of Identity Theft Scam

BBB Warns Of Identity Theft Scam Targeting Businesses
March 31, 2014

Baton Rouge, LA- BBB warns contractors: DO NOT RESPOND to letters coming from the Procurement Office of the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Some contractors in the Baton Rouge area have received letters requesting recipients to provide bank account information on an "Authorization to release financial information" form.  The letter is signed by Louis A. James, Senior Procurement Officer at DOT and appears on U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) letterhead with a Washington, DC address.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the DOT advises that this is an ongoing identity theft scheme using its easily recognizable logo and letterhead.

If you have already responded to such a request, notify your bank immediately, then contact the Office of the Inspector General hotline at 800-366-4263. You should also contact your local law enforcement agency and the regional U.S. Secret Service office.

For more information, contact BBB at 225-346-5222 or


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