Scam continues targeting truck drivers

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 8/11/2013 10:53 am Published: 8/09/2013 11:55 am

FOX23 News previously reported scammers were targeting truck drivers through Craigslist ads and stealing their identities.

Friday, Tulsa Police say it's still happening, and now they have a suspect description.

Police say it's an older white male about 5-foot-8 with a pot belly who's been offering jobs that don't exist to drivers.

"That don't surprise me (sic)," one driver tells FOX23's Janai Norman.

She headed out to a local truck stop to talk with drivers about whether they're aware of this scam and protecting themselves on Craigslist.

One driver says, "I wouldn't do anything on Craigslist, myself."

Richard Leach, a 37-year truck driver, said, "You can't really trust people on there because they can feed you a line of bull anytime they want to."

And that's what Tulsa police tell us is still happening — the suspect is lying about jobs and stealing identities.

They say he's used numerous aliases but recently has gone by Jim or Forrest.

And officers believe he drives a gray late-'80s or early-'90s Mercury Cougar with tinted windows and paint peeling off.

"There's a lot of crooks and thieves out there nowadays," Leach adds.

Leach tells FOX23 he has been on both sides of the Craigslist job search, offering and looking for employment.

He says it's never proved positive for him, and only reinforces caution toward the popular website.

"I'm just not going to put my personal information out there that easily. If they want to get my personal information, they're going to have to work to get it, they're going to have be pretty good at stealing stuff like that."

To protect yourself, TPD says never fax copies of your driver's license, Social Security card or any other personal information.

And only fill out applications from established businesses at their physical office.

Anyone with information is asked to call 918-596-COPS (2677)

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