The Texas Workforce Commission, as well as several legitimate employment sites, have issued scam alerts about fake employment ads and employment scams. Many of these involve fake forklift driver and warehouse jobs. The following is an excerpt from an article that was posted on the simplyhired.com employment website:
“The danger of seeking out any content on the internet, including job postings, is that there is always a chance you will encounter a scam. At Simply Hired, we use reasonable efforts to investigate every suspicious job post we become aware of, to protect job seekers from potential fraud.
Despite our efforts to ensure job quality, the amount and variety of content posted on Simply Hired each day makes it impossible for us to catch every offender. That’s why it’s essential that you as the job seeker remain vigilant in your search efforts. Watch out for these warning signs and always report any suspicious job posts you find on our site”.
The reason that we (Houston Forklift Safety) are sharing this post is because you, or someone you know, has probably seen a job listing that looked like this:
Warehouse Workers and Forklift Drivers Wanted
With or without experience, willing 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 career-minded Forklift Operators to join our day shift and support the Operations Team!
FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION CALL NOW
SALARY $18/$24 HR D.O.E
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”, it might be a scam.
- if you call the number and they immediately start trying to sell forklift certifications (usually for $70-$90), it is definitely a scam. Only an employer can guarantee you a job and employers legitimate employers don’t sell forklift certifications. Three questions to ask: 1. Ask if you’ll be working for them or if they are a staffing company; 2. Ask if you’re guaranteed to get the job once you’ve received your forklift certification and; 3. Ask if you’d get your money back if they don’t hire you.
- 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. I am an OSHA Authorized Trainer but the only “OSHA Training” that I am allowed to offer are the OSHA 10-hour and OSHA 30 hour courses.
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.
There are definitely exceptions but, more often then not, when a job posting looks too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research and look online for customer reviews. Read the positive and the negative reviews before making a decision and check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed.
Update – January, 2018:
We just go a call from someone we trained because they had applied to one of these ads. They were upset because the company told them that the Forklift Certifications that we issued were no good. I asked him to forward a copy of the email to us because I wanted to speak to the person who told him this. I reached out to them but they did not respond. Click here to view a copy of these emails.