Drivers and training schools are being cautioned against a scheme aimed at defrauding both CDL drivers and training schools attempting to help students find jobs.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a release earlier this month outlining the scam. The fraudster promises employment in return for monetary payments to fraudulent “recruiters.”
A caller represents himself or herself as being a recruiter for a known and legitimate motor carrier to a representative of a truck driving school or driver. The caller has an air of urgency and “must hire” several CDL holders immediately or as soon as a student graduates from driver training and receives his or her CDL. The fraudster is also known to solicit truck driving school instructors to provide his or her callback number to trainees or recent graduates of truck driving schools.
When a driver seeking employment calls the “recruiter,” he or she is offered an immediate position with pay and benefits higher than industry the norm for a new driver and is often told there will be a “waiver” for previous criminal or DUI convictions older than three to five years.
The caller then tells the driver candidate he or she must prove financial solvency to the carrier by sending a wire transfer of $350 or more to the “recruiter.” Recently, the “wire transfer” instructions were to procure a Walmart money transfer purchased at the nearest Walmart store and sent to the “recruiter” for pick-up at another Walmart store, usually in another state. Past fraudulent “recruiters” have directed money transfers through other common money transfer services such as Western Union.
Victims are directed to travel to a location, often in a state other than his or her residence, to be picked up by a company trainer and the pickup does not occur.
FMCSA recommends drivers and training schools call the publicly listed telephone number of the motor carrier offering employment and verify the recruiter is a duly authorized representative of the carrier.