Job-seekers: There’s an online scam we’d like you to know about

By on February 5, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Posted in: Working at GEICO

ImageAh, the Internet: a place where people connect, share, communicate and scam. You’ve probably heard of scammers “phishing.” Well, there is a current scam that involves GEICO and unsuspecting, trusting job-seekers.

Someone – or possibly a group of people – is contacting job-seekers about jobs at GEICO, and offering “work at home” positions paying upwards of $34 per hour and $100 signing bonuses. 

We believe it’s important for us to share this information with you because we want you to be safe online and protect yourselves.

Here is what we know so far:                       

  • Job-seekers are being contacted via email from a person who claims to be an “online hiring manager” for GEICO.
  • This person is going by the name Cindy William or Cindy Williams, and using this email address hrmoffice10@yahoo.com.
  • She is asking job-seekers to set up Yahoo email addresses and/or Yahoo Instant Messenger accounts in order to communicate and/or chat with them.
  • She may be asking for bank account information in order to send money to the job-seekers to purchase equipment to set up their home offices.
  • There is someone asking job seekers to send their Social Security number to a possible Gmail account.

Please know that this is NOT how GEICO does business.

GEICO’s hiring team members ask job-seekers to apply via www.geico.jobs or careers.geico.com, and we only ever use @geico.com email addresses. Our recruiters will never ask you to set up third-party email accounts or for bank account information. And, our application only asks for the last four digits of your SSN.  

If you have been contacted by someone claiming to be from GEICO, using a non-GEICO branded email or directing you to apply via a non-GEICO URL, please let us know. Email any correspondence you may have to NCR1@geico.com.

And, if you have any questions about the validity of a job opening, you can always double-check it at www.geico.jobs or contact a member of our HR team.

4 responses to “Job-seekers: There’s an online scam we’d like you to know about

  1. Gloria Duskin says:

    I’m writing to check on my application, I recently put in about 3 weeks ago. I was wondering if you could schedule a time to meet with me by calling me at 478-230-6097. I believe that I meet the requirements, if you give me a chance to express my experiences. I could be a great asset and would love to be a part of your team.

  2. R. Morgan says:

    Yep, this is basically how it works. I just completed my Cyber Security certification and learned of most of the new and updated “Phishing” scams as well as others that are on the horizon.  One should NEVER give out personal information to “known” or unknown people or companies.  “known” meaning someone posing as a corporate individual or representative.  If you ever have any questions pertaining to the validity of a request, a quick call to that company’s corporate office would quickly clear up any questions you may have. GEICO has always reached out to help when ever it’s needed to answer questions just as this alert was published by them as well. Good Going to GEICO!
    Oh yeah, about that job application….
    ;-)
     

  3. GEICO Careers says:

    Hi Gloria – We will send your information to our Georgia team. Thanks for your continued interest in GEICO!

  4. GEICO Careers says:

    R. Morgan – Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! Have you applied? Feel free to email us at  NCR1 at geico dot com with any further information so that we can assist.