FMCSA warns drivers of false recruiters

Tuesday, Apr 16 2013 admin

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) has issued a warning about fraudulent recruiters to CDL drivers seeking employment and to CDL training schools helping students find employment. Victims of the scam find themselves out $350, sent on a wild goose chase, and without a job.

According to the FMCSA, the scam works like this.  A driver, or a truck driving school representative, receives a call from someone identifying themself as an authorized recruiter for a well-known legitimate carrier. Speaking with a sense of urgency, the caller says several CDL holders must be hired immediately. A phone number is left for either drivers or soon-to-be CDL holders to call immediately. Some truck driving school instructors have also been left the number to give to students.

When the “recruiter” is contacted, an immediate position is offered to the caller with top of the industry or better wages and benefits. A claim also is made that there will be a waiver for any previous criminal activity or DUI convictions.

To be hired, the potential driver need only prove his “financial solvency” to the carrier by wiring a $350 money transfer that can be purchased at a local Walmart and then sent to another Walmart in another state for pickup by the “recruiter.” Western Union has also been recommended for the money transfer.

At the point of the wire transfer, the job-seeking driver is instructed to travel to a specified location in another state to meet and be picked up by a company trainer.  Of course, the pick-up does not happen.

How can you be sure this doesn’t happen to you? The FMCSA suggests that anytime you are contacted by a recruiter, always call the publicly listed phone number of the carrier he or she says they represent  – not the phone number the recruiter gives you – to verify that that the recruiter is indeed an authorized representative of the company.

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