Is This Job A Scam?

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Matthew 's Comment
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So I applied on indeed to a job in cleveland called j&k express local 22 an hr so the guy called me I said i just got my cdo no experience hes like thats fine we are new only have a few trucks didnt give me his name had me fill out an app I left out my social anyway he called again and its an 888 number then says he wants to meet at a burger king in Cleveland there working on getting there facility together my question to you experienced guys is does this sound To good to be true?is it a scam?

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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I'm sorry, they have trucks but no office?? RUN the other direction as fast as you can!!

Laura

Matthew 's Comment
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thank you so much Laura I know I'm fresh new no experience so I had to come ask the big dogs its in a bad part of town to and i have nobody to go with me as backup

I'm sorry, they have trucks but no office?? RUN the other direction as fast as you can!!

Laura

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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So I applied on indeed to a job in cleveland called j&k express local 22 an hr so the guy called me I said i just got my cdo no experience hes like thats fine we are new only have a few trucks didnt give me his name had me fill out an app I left out my social anyway he called again and its an 888 number then says he wants to meet at a burger king in Cleveland there working on getting there facility together my question to you experienced guys is does this sound To good to be true?is it a scam?

Yeah, that's definitely a 'no go' IMHO. Cleveland SURE DOES have some shady areas; my hubby delivers in many of the boroughs there.

I looked them up on SAFER web; they don't even SHOW a CLE location...but a bunch of others....all a bunch of LLC's. Closest one is in CMH (Columbus) with only 2 power units, and a DOT/MC# established in December 2019. Nothing I'd be interested in AT ALL, being a fellow buckeye, and married to a trucker, LoL~!

You've had your CDL for what, 3 months now? Have you driven at all yet? You need to get going, Michael ~! Are you trying to stay away from OTR , or... what? Just wondering. As I recall you went to weekend school, correct? There are many opportunities out of Cleveland for many amazing carriers. We've got a lot of buddies up your way that drive up there.

Best wishes on your job search, sir!

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I'm sorry, they have trucks but no office?? RUN the other direction as fast as you can!!

Laura

I strongly disagree with you. My wife works for a small company of about a dozen trucks and I'm good friends with the owner. Its a 2 person operation (my wife and him) and it took him a while to get an office when he was first starting out. The starting costs are massive especially if you're renting space just for paperwork. It can sometimes be best to save the money and just use a room in your house when starting out. Its not unusual at all. Think about how many small businesses started in their garage and eventually moved to an industrial space. Why would this throw you off?

Back to the question, to legitimize this job opportunity and ensure he isn't scamming you, ask him for his company DOT/MC #. Use that information to do some research into them. You'll learn all you'll need to know with that information and some research.

Starting out is really really hard in this industry from his position. Yes he will cut corners in an attempt to keep his head above water.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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*MATTHEW. (Figures, my son's name is Michael, and he's 16 and driving me NUTS to get his license, haha!) << SORRY~!! confused.gifsorry.gif

Matthew 's Comment
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Yeah about 3 months I have had a hard time with being new and covid even garbage company's wont take me im trying to stay local for my kids and wife but I'm learning real quick we may have to sacrifice and do regional a while.......the area he wants to meet is east cleveland area which is pretty scary itself.i sure appreciate 🙏 the tips and if you know anyone local that might be willing to train a rookie please let me know

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So I applied on indeed to a job in cleveland called j&k express local 22 an hr so the guy called me I said i just got my cdo no experience hes like thats fine we are new only have a few trucks didnt give me his name had me fill out an app I left out my social anyway he called again and its an 888 number then says he wants to meet at a burger king in Cleveland there working on getting there facility together my question to you experienced guys is does this sound To good to be true?is it a scam?

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Yeah, that's definitely a 'no go' IMHO. Cleveland SURE DOES have some shady areas; my hubby delivers in many of the boroughs there.

I looked them up on SAFER web; they don't even SHOW a CLE location...but a bunch of others....all a bunch of LLC's. Closest one is in CMH (Columbus) with only 2 power units, and a DOT/MC# established in December 2019. Nothing I'd be interested in AT ALL, being a fellow buckeye, and married to a trucker, LoL~!

You've had your CDL for what, 3 months now? Have you driven at all yet? You need to get going, Michael ~! Are you trying to stay away from OTR , or... what? Just wondering. As I recall you went to weekend school, correct? There are many opportunities out of Cleveland for many amazing carriers. We've got a lot of buddies up your way that drive up there.

Best wishes on your job search, sir!

good-luck.gif

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Matthew 's Comment
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It threw me off when I asked him for his name on the phone he wouldn't tell me and he said i wouldn't have to road test theres other guys with experience who applied but he thinks he's gonna go with me the first thought in my head was WOW NICE GUY!when I hung up I wasn't as nervous and started thinking more why wouldn't he tell me his name and why wouod he chose me over the experienced guys who applied and said there on board for the same 22 an hr but your right im sure its hard starting any business the burger king he wants to meet at is in the most dangerous place in ohio as well he wouldn't change the location for nothing if I had someone to go with me i would but I'm gonna take the ladys advice on this one!but I absolutely understand where you coming from

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I'm sorry, they have trucks but no office?? RUN the other direction as fast as you can!!

Laura

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I strongly disagree with you. My wife works for a small company of about a dozen trucks and I'm good friends with the owner. Its a 2 person operation (my wife and him) and it took him a while to get an office when he was first starting out. The starting costs are massive especially if you're renting space just for paperwork. It can sometimes be best to save the money and just use a room in your house when starting out. Its not unusual at all. Think about how many small businesses started in their garage and eventually moved to an industrial space. Why would this throw you off?

Back to the question, to legitimize this job opportunity and ensure he isn't scamming you, ask him for his company DOT/MC #. Use that information to do some research into them. You'll learn all you'll need to know with that information and some research.

Starting out is really really hard in this industry from his position. Yes he will cut corners in an attempt to keep his head above water.

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I'm sorry, they have trucks but no office?? RUN the other direction as fast as you can!!

Laura

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I strongly disagree with you. My wife works for a small company of about a dozen trucks and I'm good friends with the owner. Its a 2 person operation (my wife and him) and it took him a while to get an office when he was first starting out. The starting costs are massive especially if you're renting space just for paperwork. It can sometimes be best to save the money and just use a room in your house when starting out. Its not unusual at all. Think about how many small businesses started in their garage and eventually moved to an industrial space. Why would this throw you off?

Back to the question, to legitimize this job opportunity and ensure he isn't scamming you, ask him for his company DOT/MC #. Use that information to do some research into them. You'll learn all you'll need to know with that information and some research.

Starting out is really really hard in this industry from his position. Yes he will cut corners in an attempt to keep his head above water.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Walk away is my advice.

There's more to this than just $$$ per mile or per hour.

Benefits?

Resources?

Trucks?

Technology?

Maintenance?

Customer base?

Find out the Motor Carrier Authority number. If he balks on that, walk away briskly.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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It threw me off when I asked him for his name on the phone he wouldn't tell me and he said i wouldn't have to road test theres other guys with experience who applied but he thinks he's gonna go with me the first thought in my head was WOW NICE GUY!when I hung up I wasn't as nervous and started thinking more why wouldn't he tell me his name and why wouod he chose me over the experienced guys who applied and said there on board for the same 22 an hr but your right im sure its hard starting any business the burger king he wants to meet at is in the most dangerous place in ohio as well he wouldn't change the location for nothing if I had someone to go with me i would but I'm gonna take the ladys advice on this one!but I absolutely understand where you coming from

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I'm sorry, they have trucks but no office?? RUN the other direction as fast as you can!!

Laura

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I strongly disagree with you. My wife works for a small company of about a dozen trucks and I'm good friends with the owner. Its a 2 person operation (my wife and him) and it took him a while to get an office when he was first starting out. The starting costs are massive especially if you're renting space just for paperwork. It can sometimes be best to save the money and just use a room in your house when starting out. Its not unusual at all. Think about how many small businesses started in their garage and eventually moved to an industrial space. Why would this throw you off?

Back to the question, to legitimize this job opportunity and ensure he isn't scamming you, ask him for his company DOT/MC #. Use that information to do some research into them. You'll learn all you'll need to know with that information and some research.

Starting out is really really hard in this industry from his position. Yes he will cut corners in an attempt to keep his head above water.

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I'm sorry, they have trucks but no office?? RUN the other direction as fast as you can!!

Laura

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I strongly disagree with you. My wife works for a small company of about a dozen trucks and I'm good friends with the owner. Its a 2 person operation (my wife and him) and it took him a while to get an office when he was first starting out. The starting costs are massive especially if you're renting space just for paperwork. It can sometimes be best to save the money and just use a room in your house when starting out. Its not unusual at all. Think about how many small businesses started in their garage and eventually moved to an industrial space. Why would this throw you off?

Back to the question, to legitimize this job opportunity and ensure he isn't scamming you, ask him for his company DOT/MC #. Use that information to do some research into them. You'll learn all you'll need to know with that information and some research.

Starting out is really really hard in this industry from his position. Yes he will cut corners in an attempt to keep his head above water.

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Yeah the fact that you wouldn't even need a road test is the most scariest part. I would stay away. He could be going after you because of how young you are and he thinks you don't know any better. Keep applying.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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