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Monday, April 22, 2013

FMCSA ALERT Hiring Fraud perpetuated on Drivers and CDL Training Schools

The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) would like to make you aware of attempts to defraud CDL drivers seeking employment and CDL Training schools who are attempting to help students find jobs. 

The fraudster promises employment in return for monetary payments to fraudulent “recruiters”. Please read below for more details about this “scam”.

The way it works: 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 call back number to trainees or 
recent graduatesfrom truck driving schools. 
When a driver seeking employment calls the “recruiter” he or she is offered an immediate 
position with higher than industry norms pay and benefits 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 closest 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 another state than his or her residence, to 
be picked up by a company trainer and the pick-up does not occur.

Risk Mitigation for Driver / Driver Training Schools: Telephone the PUBLICLY LISTED telephone number of the motor carrier offering employment and verify the recruiter is a duly authorized representative of the Carrier.


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