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Be aware of recruitment fraud and phony job postings

Recruitment fraud is a sophisticated scam offering fake job opportunities to job seekers. These scams are fraudulent and intended to steal from the victims by requesting job applicants provide financial payment and other personal information.

This type of fraud is normally conducted through online or mobile services, such as fake company websites and text messaging apps, or through e-mail with fraudulent actors claiming to work at the company. This correspondence will request job applicants to provide personal information, including banking information, and payment to the company.

Proterra does not request any financial payment or banking information from job applicants during the recruitment or pre-employment process.

If you believe you have been a victim of a fraudulent job offer concerning Proterra or something doesn’t feel right, please send us an email with “fraudulent job offer” in the subject line. We take this issue very seriously. By making you aware of these scams, we hope to prevent unsuspecting individuals from falling victim to these scams.

​​​​How to spot recruitment fraud?

Here are some warning signs:

  • The scam actors will often ask job applicants to complete fake employment documentation, such as direct deposit forms with personal banking information, a passport, driver’s license numbers. Proterra does not request this personal information during the recruitment or pre-employment process. The Proterra name and logo is often featured on the documentation without permission.
  • The scam actors will often ask for financial payment to the company. Proterra does not ask for any financial commitment or payment from a candidate at any stage of the recruitment or pre-employment process.
  • The scam actors will request job applicants download messaging apps like Wire for communication. Proterra does not communicate with job applicants through text messaging apps.
  • Correspondence will appear to be sent from a Human Resources officer or other Careers representative. The job posting will often be referred to a fake company website. If the email address doesn’t end with “@proterra.com” or the website URL is not associated with “https://www.proterra.com” it is likely not legitimate.
  • There is an insistence on urgency. Proterra’s typical hiring process will take several weeks and involve either in-person or virtual Zoom interviews with multiple people in addition to a Human Resources representative.
  • All Proterra job postings are listed on our company career page at https://www.proterra.com/about/careers/. The fraudulent job opportunity and documentation will often have spelling or grammar errors, and may use a different job title than the official listing on https://www.proterra.com/about/careers/.

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