USDA, Rural Development (RD) recently received reports of homeowners receiving letters offering special assistance through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and Making Home Affordable trial programs for loans that are delinquent. The letter provides a payment plan and asks the customer to complete a form to be faxed or mailed which contains private information (social security number, signature). If you receive this letter, DO NOT RESPOND, this is not a legitimate request. If you have received a suspicious call or letter regarding your RD home loan, you should not follow the instructions and instead call RD at 1-800-414-1226 to speak to a representative. If you suspect you have been a victim of identity fraud, you should contact the local authorities.