March 2012

NOTICE: Fraudulent Letter

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Division of the USDA has alerted the IL State Board of Education's Nutrition Programs Division to a fraudulent letter. The letterhead resembles USDA letterhead and requests bank information for purposes of issuing contracts. See sample language below. Please disregard this letter should you receive.

Dear Sirs,

Our records show that you are currently registered as a prospective contractor for procurements issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However after reviewing your record we have noticed that you have not submitted your financial information release form. Your financial institution's privacy policy may not allow it to release your financial information even to the government institutions without your consent; therefore we must have such form on file before we can move on with any procurement decisions. In April 2012, the procurement plan for the second semester of 2012 will be finalized. To be eligible for procurements with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, you must submit the above-mentioned form to us by fax at 202-821-4737. Please make sure that your fax is preceded by a cover page so we may correctly identify your company.

Sincerely yours,
Frank Rutenberg
Senior Procurement Officer