Whether we like it or not, scamming is something that exists in nearly every industry imaginable. Though it is an unfortunate reality, this sentiment also rings true in the transportation industry. It is an issue that continues to challenge our field, even on top of the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. In today’s blog, we’ll be taking a deeper dive into scamming in the transportation industry, including how scammers operate, their tactics, and, most importantly, how you can be mindful of their devious tricks. If that sounds interesting, keep reading below for more information!
Introduction to Fraud & Scamming
Assuming that you already know what fraud and scamming are by definition, here we’ll take a look at how they manifest in the transportation industry.
Identity theft remains one of the most robust fraud-related issues, one that continues to violate countless drivers throughout our field. This often includes – but is not limited to – delinquents posing as legitimate to seize sensitive information such as payment.
The loading scam is another popular practice committed by fraudsters. As the name implies, loading scams target brokerages with freight posted on load boards, where the scammer typically impersonates a legitimate carrier and asks for a fuel advance. After baiting the brokerage into this transaction, these scammers will sever all further communications, leaving brokerages high and dry.
Avoiding These Scams
When it comes to avoiding identity theft, it’s always smart to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings as a truck driver. You should also try to refrain from disclosing sensitive information to third parties. It’s a grim reality that identity theft exists in our industry, but taking extra steps can help ensure that your identity is safe and sound from fraudsters and scammers.
It’s also important to verify the other party when it comes to completing transactions. This includes actively looking for red flags or any significant signs of fraud. Like in most cases, direct contact is always best to establish trust. For example, always use the proper phone number you have on file when calling the other party and avoid phone handoffs or other indirect forms of communication.
Why Choose AWA for Your Transportation Collection Needs?
AWA operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning, if we cannot collect, you owe us nothing. If collection efforts are successful, our rates will be based on how old and how much the debt is, if there is a damage claim, and whether the debtor is in or out of business. If you have unpaid freight invoices and are not sure what to do next, call 662-892-8591 to speak with one of AWA’s client specialists today or Contact Us Directly!
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