The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is warning commercial drivers to be careful of a phishing scam targeted at the motor carrier industry.
Phishing involves emails that appear to be legitimate but are not. They attempt to induce unsuspecting recipients into some type of scam, which usually involves revealing personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.
FMCSA is warning commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders of emails that appear to be coming from the federal agency under the guise of “Assistant of Administration,” claiming the recipient needs to “complete your most recent up-to-date membership license certificate.”
Delete suspicious email
“If you receive any suspicious email from email@example.com or any other entity that you are not expecting or looks suspicious, please delete the email from your inbox. Once the email has been deleted, go into your deleted mail and delete it from your deleted mailbox. Doing this will limit the exposure of the phishing email,” the FMCSA warned.
The agency added that “the only legitimate way to log in to the Training Provider Registry is via login.gov. Never enter your email address and password into a third-party website claiming to give you access to the Training Provider Registry.”
The FMCSA notes that the key to knowing if a website is an official government site is to make sure that it ends in .gov or .mil. Also, check the URL and make sure it has “https://” at the beginning.
The https:// ensures that users are connecting to the official website and that any information they provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.