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Fraudulent Letters Sent to Contractors

The Department of Transportation has issued the following warning concerning email letters some contractors have received:

"Recently, current U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) contractors and potential contractors have received fraudulent letters purporting to be issued by DOT. These fraudulent letters request that current or potential contractors register in the DOD Central Contractor Registration System (CCR). Please be aware that no federal agency requires any confidential information to be submitted to verify CCR registration. All companies should verify personally that they are sending information to an authorized federal official before submitting confidential company information.

There have been two fraudulent letters sent. One dated "1st of September 2002" signed by a "John (no middle initial) Duncan, Senior Procurement Officer" and another dated "October 3, 2002" signed by "David J. Litman, Senior Procurement Executive". Please DO NOT complete the requested CCR worksheet that is attached to the letters and DO NOT release any information to the facsimile number cited in the letter.

The CCR is a legitimate government system. However, to register, contractors should go directly through the CCR website, never through a third party. There is no requirement to send information directly to any federal
agency. For information on how to register in the CCR, visit the website www.ccr.gov
The point of contact concerning these fraudulent letters is the Department of Transportation, Office of the Inspector General Hotline, at 800-424-9071."

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