Beware of scammers posing as recruiters with Hendrick Automotive Group – WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE, NC — An Indian Land grandmother looking for a job thought she had been hired by one of the area’s most well-known car owner dealerships, but it was more of a scam.

Dawn Norris says she is raising her granddaughter so she wanted a job she could do from home. She searched on ZipRecruiter and found one with Hendrick Automotive Group.

“It was going to be completely remote, working from home,” she said.

The person making the job offer sent him a letter of offer on Hendrick letterhead with a Better Business Bureau watermark.

Norris says she signed the letter and returned it. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a scam.

“I’m very disappointed,” she told Action 9’s Jason Stoogenke.

According to Stoogenke, the scammer also did his homework. The impostor used the name of a real Hendrick employee who handles recruiting. Norris and Stoogenke Googled the employee’s name to see what happened and discovered a “fraud alert” on LinkedIn.

Norris says the scammer aggressively demanded his financial information and told him a confusing story about needing to buy equipment in a potential attempt to get his bank account information.

Luckily, she didn’t fall for the scam, but she’s upset that someone is doing this.

“I’m angry, but I’m more disappointed,” she said. “But yet, I’m also relieved that I found what I found before it was too late, and so it’s not happening to anyone else.”

Stoogenke informed ZipRecruiter, which sent Channel 9 this statement:

“Thank you for bringing this to our attention. ZipRecruiter closely monitors employment scams. We take the protection of job seekers very seriously and are engaged in an ongoing effort to improve job seeker security. As part of this effort, we use proprietary detection software to review potential posters and deny access to those who do not pass our screens.

“Yet no system is perfect, no matter how sophisticated or well intentioned. That’s why we’re also taking steps to educate job seekers on how to spot suspicious activity and encourage prompt reporting of all such activity to our dedicated Trust and Safety team, which is available seven days a week. out of seven to investigate and remove suspicious posts.

“Online fraud and Internet scams are on the rise across the economy. But ZipRecruiter has steadily reduced the number of job seekers exposed to suspicious offers through improvements in detection and prevention. .

Hendrick Automotive Group is also aware of the imposters and was quick to help when Action 9 offered to spread the word. A company representative said anyone interested in applying for a job should go to HendrickCars.com and click on the “Careers” tab.

Stoogenke warns that this can happen with any business, especially large organizations that have frequent openings.

He says to be wary of these things when applying for a job:

– If the interviewer does not want to speak to you in person, over the phone or virtually (like on Zoom).

– The interviewer asks for your social security number, driver’s license, banking information or other personal information at the beginning of the process.

– If any of the communications contains spelling mistakes or if the keystroke changes shape or size.

– The recruiter asks for money to buy equipment, such as a computer or software. Sometimes a scammer will say that you will be reimbursed for expenses on your first paycheck, but this is just a trick to get money.

Additionally, Stoogenke says to always check that the application link is from the company’s official website and that the email is from someone in the company, which you can see by hovering your mouse over it. recruiter’s email address.

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