The following is a release from the Better Business Bureau Serving Acadiana:
Better Business Bureau Serving Acadiana is alerting consumers to Mallo Training Consultants, a New Orleans company offering training for HazWoper certificate in both the Acadiana and New Orleans areas.
Several consumers have called BBB over the last week reporting they paid $100 cash, took a two-day class and were given certificates that certified them for HazWoper work. The consumers were later informed by potential employers the Certificate of Training was fake.
Residents heard about the scheme through Facebook posts. After locating the post, BBB discovered the business involved, Roch Services LLC, stated the classes would be taught by an “OSHA certified instructor” and they asked potential employees to pay $100 of the $250 certification fee “to be sure they were serious about the opportunity.”
The post went on to say the certificate could also be used for employment opportunities with other companies.
Consumers reported when they attended a job fair or sought employment with an employment agency and presented their HazWoper certificates, they were informed the documents were fake. BBB obtained a copy of the fake certificate and confirmed the certificates did not bear the stamp of a certified HazWoper instructor.
HazWoper courses are specifically designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
BBB is asking consumers to be extremely cautious when attending these types of trainings, as more are expected in the Acadiana and New Orleans areas.
The company is also asking “trainees” to fill out employment applications for Roch Services and were told they would be paid up to $2,000 a week identifying and disposing of sick chickens at major chicken farms across the U.S.
As part of the “application,” employees were asked to provide Social Security and banking information, which could make them vulnerable to identity theft.
BBB offers the following tips to avoid this and similar scams:
- Start with Trust®at bbb.org before doing business.
- Know what you should expect.
- Protect personal information.
- Beware job offers on social media.