FMCSA Phishing Alert: Fake Safety Audit

The FMCSA has issued a High Phishing Alert regarding fake emails being sent about safety audits. Here's what you need to know.

Published On: 02/21/2024
FMCSA Phishing Alert
Katie Loehrke

Written by:

Katie Loehrke

Director of Content — J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

According to High Phishing Alert from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an email is being sent to registered entities by someone pretending to be FMCSA and notifying that you need to schedule a safety audit.

The link to request the safety audit has what appears to be a SAFER URL and mirrors FMCSA’s MC-150, but includes fields to enter a PIN #, EIN #, and Social Security Number. Not only is some of this information Personal Identifiable information (PII), but this information would also allow the unauthorized party to gain access to your FMCSA account.

Communications relating to safety audits will typically come directly from an FMCSA dedicated mailbox or from the entity within the State that has been assigned the responsibility to conduct the safety audit.

While these emails typically end in a “.gov”, we encourage our stakeholders and customers to verify any email or communication they feel to be suspicious by contacting your FMCSA Division Office directly. You can also contact J. J. Keller for assistance in verifying a safety audit email. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends following certain procedures for email verification.

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