Forklift Driver and Warehouse Worker Job Scams
We have received several complaints about forklift schools that are posting fake employment ads and running forklift certification scams in Houston. This same scam has been reported in Dallas TX, San Antonio TX, Austin TX and Atlanta, GA. Here is a video that explains how this scam works (click here) and a warning from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) (view Press Release).
simplyhired.com has also posted an article titled “How to Identify and Avoid Scam Job Posts” on their website (click here to read the entire article). The chances are very good that you, or someone you know, has seen a fake employment ad in the Green Sheet or online that looks like this one:
Warehouse Worker and Forklift Driver Needed
With or with out experience, wiling to train and certify 1st, 2nd and 3rd shift available, Women Encouraged, felon friendly
No experience necessary, willing to train if you qualify.
We are seeking a career-minded Forklift Operator to join our day shift and support the Operations Team!
FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION CALL NOW
SALARY $12/$17 HR D.O.E
- Ability to operate a forklift and/or electronic pallet jack safely
- Load pallets onto trucks to go out with delivery
- Pull down pallets from racks as needed to replenish pick room, Organize product returns, refused cases, empty kegs, and pallets
- Build and load return pallets and empty kegs
- Ability to identify all shelf-life code problems and alert warehouse manager on a timely basis
- Ensure warehouse is clean and organized before leaving, including pick area, draft room and warehouse dock areas
- No experience needed, willing to train
- Reliable and safety conscious
- High energy, results driven, hands-on
- Innovative, adaptable and detail oriented
- Local candidates with a great work ethic
FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION CALL NOW 713-[omitted]
The telltale signs that this job posting is fraudulent include spelling errors, was the use of marketing language in the job title. The company name given was an alias of a company that falsely promises employment if you first pay them for a forklift certification or license. The name is disguised to prevent you from learning about the company through an online search. This particular company also goes by many other names. This way it is difficult for job listing companies (simplyhired, indeed, monster, etc.) to keep them off their sites.
As the article states, “there are definitely exceptions to this rule. Do your research and look for customer reviews (always read the negative reviews first). You should also check with the Better Business Bureau and Ripoff Report to see if anyone has filed a complaint about employment scams that these businesses are running”.
In summary, here are a few of the warning signs that indicate that an ad you see in the green sheet, indeed.com, craigslist or another legitimate site might be fake:
- you see an ad that says something like, “Now Hiring Forklift Drivers. No Experience Needed”
- you call the number and they tell you that you must have a forklift license or that you have to be a certified forklift operator
a. then they tell you that the certification will cost somewhere between $60.00 and $100.00
- you go to the place, they take your money and then turn on a video
a. OSHA has ruled, on numerous occasions, that video training, computer based training and PowerPoint were not acceptable “teaching techniques”. They do allow the use of “visual aids” (flip charts, handouts, etc.), but the training must be done by a live-person. This is because adult education is most effective when the person being trained can participate and interact with their Trainer
- They claim to offer “OSHA” training or they claim to be “OSHA Approved”
a. OSHA does not approve, certify, or endorse forklift trainers, forklift schools or forklift training programs
b. OSHA does not keep a list of forklift training providers
1) In other words, anyone claiming to be with OSHA, is simply not being honest. **this was one of the topics we covered when I attended the OSHA Education Center’s “Authorized Trainer (Safety)” course.
01-15-2016 – I called one of the companies which is advertising in JobSparx and in the Greensheet and they actually said that I had to bring $80.00 to pay for my “Texas Forklift License” before I could apply for the job. The State of Texas does not license forklift operators. Neither does OSHA.
02-03-2016 – We received information about someone who had their identity stolen by a company that they went to for forklift training. I do not have any additional details but am attempting to verify this info.
08-22-2016 – it has been a while but we are starting to get calls about the “forklift certification” scam once again.