Commercial truck drivers: Watch out for this imposter scam

Semi-truck driving on dusty dirt road

Semi-truck driving on dusty dirt road

The FTC recently filed suit against a company that scammed commercial truck drivers out of millions of dollars over the course of five years. Callers from the bogus company who claimed to be from the Department of Transportation (DOT), contacted commercial drivers and conned many into paying exorbitant services fees for assistance in paying their state and federal motor carrier licenses. The same company also duped many drivers to pay from $25 to $200 to recertify or deactivate their USDOT number – a service that is free through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

How to Protect Yourself against This Scam:

  • If you receive an unsolicited call from a company offering a product or service of any kind, be very skeptical.
  • If the caller claims to represent a company or government entity, ask the caller to send you written information about the offer for consideration – on your time and your terms.
  • Verify the caller’s claims. Look up the telephone number or website address through a trusted resource and contact the company the caller claimed to represent.
  • Check out the company at bbb.org.
  • If you do decide to buy the product or service, be sure to get all the facts about terms of service, shipping, returns, and refunds.
  • Make your purchase by credit card. Credit card companies have safeguards in place to help protect consumers from fraud, non-delivery, or “product not as described” situations.

Source: United States Federal Trade Commission, www.ftc.gov – not subject to copyright protection. 17 U.S.C. 403.

To read the full story, go to Government Imposters Target Commercial Truck Owners.

To report a scam, go to the BBB Scam Tracker. To find trustworthy businesses, go to bbb.org.