Potential Scam Alert:
Unexpected Job Offers from Recruiters and What You Need to Know
Recently, we learned of an employment or job scam where individuals are called and offered employment without ever applying for a position.
In this type of scam, the “potential employer” may even go through some kind of interview process and offer employment. HOWEVER, they also ask for personal financial information as part of the hiring process. The information they want includes addresses, birth dates, bank account numbers, social security numbers, and more. Please know that asking for personal or financial information during an interview or hiring process is NOT a legitimate hiring practice and Quorum Health has no involvement in these incidents.
If you’ve never applied for a position with Quorum Health, or any affiliate of Quorum Health, we would not call to offer a position of employment and would never ask for personal or financial information.
Before you provide ANYONE with any private financial information, here are some suggestions on how to verify whether an offer is valid:
- Check to see that the position is posted on the potential employer’s website. Not just on a third-party website, but the actual employer’s website.
- Call the phone number listed on the employer’s public website and ask the HR Department about the position or ask to speak to someone about the position.
- When you call the number on the public website, ask to speak to the person who contacted you — just so you know that person is actually associated with the company or organization.
- If the person contacting you is using free email address, like ones you get from Gmail, Hotmail or other similar email provider, be suspicious. Most companies have emails tied to their company name and use those for official business.
- If all communication is handled through an app or via text, be suspicious.
The Federal Trade Commission offers a wealth of information on what to do to protect yourself from these and other scams at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/job-scams
What do to if you think you have been scammed:
If you believe you have been scammed and have shared personal and/or financial details such as your name, address, date of birth, social security number, banking institution, etc., we strongly encourage you to contact your financial institutions and/or credit rating agencies for options available to help protect your identity.
And here’s how you can report scams to the authorities:
If you feel you have witnessed a job scam, report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. You can also report it to your state attorney general.
Find out more about how to avoid scams at ftc.gov/scams.
If you are concerned that you may have been scammed by someone using Quorum Health’s name, please email us at [email protected]