USDA Warns Of Fraudulent Letters Scam

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Federal agricultural officials are warning Kansas farmers and producers about a scam seeking personal information.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said fraudulent letters are being sent by FAX to individuals and businesses. The letters purportedly come from a USDA procurement officer and seek personal information.

The fraudulent letters bear USDA's logo and seal and are signed by an individual identified as "Frank Rutenberg" using a title of "Senior Procurement Officer.”

Kansas farm service officials said several Kansans have received this letter and have provided financial information.

The agency is urging recipients who receive a similar letter to report the scam to the USDA at 202-720-9448.

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