A Nebraska construction company avoided being scammed out of thousands of dollars, thanks to the help of its bank.
The company, Midcon Construction Inc., received a letter April 20 that appeared to be from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The letter requested the company provide financial information to be eligible for procurement.
The employee faxed Midcon’s bank account number and tax ID number to what she thought was the transportation department, but really clever scammers.
On May 13, 2010, Wagner said, a Union Bank & Trust employee called the company to see if anyone had authorized sending a $34,722 money order to Sonora, Mexico.
The company, of course, had not.
The money order was canceled, Wagner said, and no loss was reported.
He said his office has seen reports of scammers sending out bogus IRS and U.S. Census mailings to people, but hadn’t heard of phony DOT mailings going out to businesses.
“That’s kind of a new one,” he said.