BBB, Yakama Nation and WA AG Warn:
BE WARY OF OFFERS OF PAYING JOBS IN THE GULF FOR OIL SPILL CLEANUP OPPORTUNITIES THAT HAVE NO CONTRACT
Don’t Give up Your Day Job, Questionable Recruiters Targeting Central WA Tribal Members, Enticing Them with Big $$
One June 15th, 2010, it was brought to BBB’s attention that there is a questionable job opportunity circulating in our region (specifically in Central WA on the Yakama Reservation) offering substantial wages: $40 an hour, room and board, and transportation by bus to those willing to quit their “day jobs” to get on a bus and head to Louisiana to help with cleanup efforts there. The local recruitment included the gathering of almost 500 names, addresses and social security numbers of Yakama Nation tribal members.
The BBB spoke on the 15th with a Christino Rosado, Jr. (503) 789-9957, who stated that it was he and his father, Christino Rosado, Sr. who were behind this endeavor. And that it was their business in El Paso, TX, Seasonal Fruit Juice, Inc. dba Go Fish and dba Tri Tech Corporation that would be “contracting with BP to write the checks” for the cleanup jobs in the gulf.
At the time, Mr. Rosado, Jr. stated that he was unable to produce proof of a contract with BP or anyone else, but that his father had a copy of a “BP letter of intent” and he would have him contact the BBB ASAP with a copy of that letter. The BBB requested that the letter be produced by mid-morning the 16th. No such paperwork ever transpired at BBB offices, and BBB, to date, has not heard back from Mr. Rosado Senior or Junior.
Also at that time, Mr. Rosado, Jr. stated that he was “revising the contract,” so didn’t have an updated version of it to share. He further stated that there would be no bus heading out of Yakima on the 16th due to a call from OSHA stating that they were required to have insurance for each individual they were recruiting and taking out of the state. (At the time, the Rosado’s had no insurance to cover these potential employees.)
In the midst of conversation with Rosado, Junior, it was brought to BBB’s attention a story that ran this past weekend at OregonLive.com, written by Dana Tims, regarding the Rosado’s and their recent activities in Oregon City. The story is here. This story raises even more red flags as to the validity of this job offer.
To date, the Yakama Nation and local authorities, including the Better Business Bureau in Eastern Washington, have not been able to identify whether the oil jobs being offered are legitimately tied to British Petroleum (BP). BBB is in contact with BBBs in the gulf region to find ways to confirm or verify whether this or any other group has an active and legitimate contract or letter of intent from BP.
The Yakama Nation issued this release at approximately 2pm Pacific Time the 17th.
The BBB and the Washington Attorney General’s Office encourage anyone who provided personal information to the recruiters to take the following precautions:
· Check bank and credit statements for unauthorized charges.
· Consider placing a free fraud alert on your credit history, which can alert you to attempts to open new accounts. Call the toll-free number at any of the three major bureaus:
o Equifax: 1-800-685-1111
o Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (888-397-3742)
o TransUnion: 1-800-916-8800
· For stronger protection, consider placing a security freeze on your credit files, which may prevent identity theft by preventing the credit bureaus from sharing your information with potential creditors. Information on obtaining a credit freeze is available on the Attorney General’s Web site at www.atg.wa.gov/freeze.aspx
· Review your credit history. When you request a fraud alert, you may also request a free copy of your credit file. Review it for accuracy.
If you not a victim, but are thinking of a job in the Gulf, before you respond to job recruitment offers such as these, we suggest you follow these tips:
*Be suspicious of any employment-service firm or recruiter that promises to get you a job.
*Be skeptical of any recruitment opportunity that collects personal info upfront before you have had a chance to read and sign an official contract.
*Don't give out any personal or sensitive financial info (such as social security #) unless you've done research on the company you are about to enter a contract with. Research includes pinpointing an active business license, proper registration, etc.
*Make certain that the company you are about to transact with has proper insurance to cover you as well as the tasks you will be performing, especially if it is work in the Gulf. Despite pie-in-the-sky speculating about potential “big paying jobs in the Gulf,” empower yourself with concrete info regarding the legitimacy of the group that is acting on your behalf to supply you with the job.
*Get a copy of the firm's contract and review it carefully before you make any commitments or moves from one job to another. Understand the terms and conditions of the job. Make sure you understand what services or tasks you will be providing and what you'll be responsible for. If oral promises are made that don't also appear in the contract, think twice about doing business with the firm.
*Be cautious about dealing with a group that's reluctant to answer your questions or gives you evasive answers.
*Follow up with the offices of any company or organization (in this case BP) that is listed or named in a recruitment pitch to find out if the company's really endorsed to offer employment in the Gulf.
*Be wary of firms promoting "previously undisclosed" federal government jobs. All federal positions are announced to the public.
*Check with your local consumer protection agency, state Attorney General's Office, and the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed about a job offer with which you intend to do business.