Fake Forklift Operator-Warehouse Worker Job Scams

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) is sharing this post is because you, or someone you know, has probably seen a job listing that was similar to this one:

Warehouse Worker and Forklift Driver Needed

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 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

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:

  1. you see an ad that says something like, “Now Hiring Forklift Drivers. No Experience Needed”
  2. 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
  3. 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.
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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. Be sure to read the positive and the negative reviews before making a decision. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if anyone has filed any complaints about a particular business.

Warning From Texas Workforce Commission

Here is a story that CBS News ran about a Forklift Certification Scam that was being ran in California

One comment on “Fake Forklift Operator-Warehouse Worker Job Scams
  1. gmn0526 says:

    Update – just found out that one of the forklift companies is also using “bait and switch” tactics. A forklift certification is still only $80.00 bit it will cost you $150.00 if you want a certification for any other powered industrial trucks (electric pallet jack, order picker, reach truck, etc). The girl did admit that they did not guarantee jobs but they did give you a list of job leads. Based on their BBB ratings (one company was a D rating and the other was an F rating), there are a lot of disappointed people out there.

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