Have you ever received a fax from Julie Weynal? Or perhaps it was Jason Wallace, Robert Dal, Lisa Johnson, or Dan Jacobs? They all claim to be DOT employees in D.C.. They are all part of a scam!
It is an ongoing game for these criminals to seek out companies and steal their information. Many of these letters are coming from outside the United States. FMCSA is renewing its efforts to warn drivers and fleets to never release information to anyone without first checking the source. FMCSA has issued statements warning of Julie Weynal. Do not think it is just one scammer using one name. It could be one person changing names or several thieves seeking your hard earned company bucks.
The Office of Inspector General warns that scammers are asking companies to “provide bank account information on an ‘Authorization to Release Financial Information’ form.” DOT will always provide contact information in its communications. This is a sure way to contact and check. If there is no contact information, DO NOT respond directly to the fax/email/etc.
If you are unsure of how the real DOT asks for financial information, then call (202) 366–4263 to be connected with the Office of the Senior Procurement Executive. The names on the letters have changed, but they have always claimed to be the Senior Procurement Officer.
No matter who contacts you, always check and verify the source. Besides DOT, other companies, including Equifax, are warning clients and customers to be wary of false inquiries.
If you have received any strange fax, email, phone call, or other inquiry asking for your financial information, immediately contact the Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General Hotline at 1-800-424-9071.