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USDA warns of fraudulent letters seeking financial info

United States Department of Agriculture officials learned late Friday that fraudulent letters are being sent by FAX to individuals and businesses in at least four states. The letters purportedly come from a USDA procurement officer and seek personal information.

These letters are false, and in no case should a recipient respond with personal and financial information.

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

Letters have been received by FAX in Alabama, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, but may have also been sent to other states.

USDA is investigating this matter through the Office of the Inspector General.

If you suspect you have received such a letter or have questions, contact USDA at or call (202) 720-9448.

Last modified March 21, 2012