There’s a scam going around that could catch unsuspecting carriers off-guard. It goes like this: The carrier gets a call from an individual seeking T-Chek authorization codes over the phone during evenings, weekends and in the early hours, when staff is often at a minimum.

The caller drops names of people who work at the company and claims they’ve already been speaking to these individuals, giving the impression that they would approve the issuing of funds, given the circumstances.

Fabricated stories usually involve anything from drivers being stuck in the US and requiring roadside repairs after an accident, to the need for tire replacements or even being completely out of fuel in an area where the fleet’s fuel cards don’t work.

The scammers are even equipped with legitimate truck numbers and in some cases, have even identified themselves as police officers. Watch out for this one, folks!

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James Menzies is editorial director of Today's Trucking and He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 24 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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