Equifax Corporate Security has received notice that businesses are receiving fraudulent letters appearing to be from Equifax. These letters request that current or potential contractors register by submitting their company’s financial information on a release form entitled, "Authorization to release financial information". Sample from this letter:
“Our records show that you are currently registered as a prospective contractor for procurements listed by the U.S. Federal Government.However after reviewing your records we have noticed that you have not submitted your financial release form. Your financial institution’s privacypolicy may not allow it to release your financial information even to government institutions without your consent, therefore we must have suchform on file before we can move on with any procurement decisions.”
The Authorization to release financial information requests that you provide the name of your financial institution and the account number and fax to (202) 652-4312.
This letter is a scam and not from Equifax. Other versions of this letter have been sent out to businesses purporting to be from the Department of Transportation as well as from other companies. These letters are a fraudulent means to obtain financial information. Please discard these letters.
If you have responded to this fraudulent letter, contact your financial institution immediately.