MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (KFOR) – A Midwestern City woman says she avoided a scam after being offered a part-time job that was too good to be true.
“They need to be stopped because innocent people are being taken advantage of and that’s not right,” said Sharron Stinnett.
Stinnett said she saw a post about a part-time job opportunity on Facebook from a woman in the metro area. After discovering work that would focus on entering data into computers for a company, the retired IT specialist from Tinker Air Force Base took on it.
“Do you want to work part time from home making $25 an hour? It’s not too bad to work part-time,” Stinnett told KFOR.
Stinnett said the woman on Facebook sent her a code for a Google Hangout interview.
“I did a two-hour interview with them and I gave them all kinds of information, it was scary,” she said.
That included a copy of her military ID, as she was told the company she was interviewing with was Conduent, the same company that Oklahoma uses to issue unemployment benefits. The company allegedly also gave Stinnett a contact address at the email address HRDepartmentConduent18@gmail.com.
“Every official email must come from conduent.com,” she said. “So that’s why I think this is definitely a scam.”
She also started getting red flags when Stinnett decided it was her turn to ask the company interview questions, which went unanswered.
“I kept asking about their EIN (Employee Identification Number) and how they were listed in the Better Sales Department,” Stinnett told News 4.
Stinnett also said she will receive $12,000 worth of office equipment for the new gig.
“I said, ‘How will that be paid?’ And they said it would be paid with Apple Card,” she told News 4. That’s when I started wondering about it. They would never come out and tell me. “
Putting on his detective hat, Stinnett began searching online for information about Conduent. She found the actual company’s website and called the number she found.
“They were aware of it, that it was not a thing,” Stinnett said.
Conduent sent the News these 4 statements:
“Conduent has nothing to do with this case. This is NOT a legitimate hiring policy or practice of Conduent HR. We will not send recruitment emails through Gmail accounts and will not request credit or financial information as part of the hiring process.
Unfortunately, this is an all too common scam in which scammers pretend to represent reputable corporations (Conduent and many others) and try to take advantage of potential job seekers. . Conduent recommends that all job seekers be on the lookout for online scams or other scams and not provide any personal or financial information until they can confirm. verify the sender’s validity. ”
“Please ask your scam company to remove all my confidential information from their profile, and I will also go to Facebook and let others know so that I do not fall into your trap, because it is a scam and you will get my response. Attorneys soon,” Stinnett said, as she read aloud the message she sent to the alleged interviewer.
KFOR contacted the woman who initially gave the location on Facebook. They told us we had “nothing to worry about” and that we were “free and safe with this company.” After sharing with her that we are a news organization and asking for a statement, we were blocked.
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