I was recruited by DF Transportation for an opportunity to train for a position with their company as a Project Manager. I signed a training contract and was promised $2000 after I completed four weeks of training. The agreement also stated that after submitting a final exam, a second phase of training would be offered in which I would travel to the New York office for more training and a final interview.
During the third week of training, I was approached to participate in a special project that would pay more money and a bonus if successful. After receiving the instructions for project, I became very leary- as it included using my credit card to purchase technology products. Even though I was assured that DF Transportation would supply all funds in advance, I needed some more clarification. I called my credit card company to describe the process of how DF would put money in with their banking numbers and account information. My credit card company was unaware of any dangers this would possess to me or my account.
Still being apprehensive about attaching someone else's banking account numbers to my card, I decided to do some more research on the company before proceeding. After a few hours, It was clear that the address and phone numbers for DF did not match a company in New York, and there was no information on this company listed with the Better Business Bureau. Every time, I called DF, No one every answered the phone. It was always a recording. I thought this was strange and began an Internet search on scams and transportation.
To my surprise I found a complaint and a case that sounded similar to my concerns and situation. At this time, I decided to be more cautious and back out of the project. I told David Stiller, the Training Manager, that I could not participate due to a family emergency but would finish the training. I finished all four weeks and the final test. As I suspected, I never received the training check or a follow-up email regarding the final exam.
I sent several emails to David Stiller inquiring about my pay and phase two of the training- being very careful not to tip him off that I believed this was a scam. Throughout the whole process, up to this point, I had received dilgent communication from David. But now, there were no responses or return calls regarding my training completion. This was another major red flag. It was obvious that since I didn't participate in the credit card project, I had been ejected and DF moved on the the next victim.