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Inaccurate ‘Now Hiring’ Toll Free Phone Number Message Still Circulating

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message circulating via social media claims that Fed Ex, Home Depot, UPS, Verizon, and Staples are hiring staff. The message lists toll-free phone numbers for the companies and asks that users share the information to help job seekers. 

Brief Analysis

The information in the message is not valid. One of the numbers is not in service. Another plays an ‘unable to connect’ message. Another two connect to sales pitches for holidays or gift cards. The last number is the general information department and ordering number for Staples, not its HR department. The message has circulated since at least 2011. Sending on this misleading information will help nobody.

Example

NOW HIRING:
Fed Ex (877) 716-8753, Home Depot (877) 967-5443, UPS (888) 877-0922, Verizon (800) 511-8086, STAPLES (800) 378-2753…

You may not need it, but REPOST if you like for someone who does. Could be someone’s HOLIDAY BLESSING!

 

Detailed Analysis

This message, which has been circulating on and off since at least 2011, claims that Fed Ex, Home Depot, UPS, Verizon, and Staples are now hiring staff. The message includes toll-free phone numbers for the listed companies and urges people to pass on the information in the hope of helping job seekers.

However, the information in the message is misleading and inaccurate. A long-time US-based Hoax-Slayer supporter has researched the claims in the message by calling each of the listed numbers. Here are his findings:

Fed Ex (877) 716-8753 – Not a working number.

Home Depot (877) 967-5443 – Sales pitch for a Las Vegas vacation.

UPS (888) 877-0922 – Connects to a telemarketing site offering a Walmart gift card (surely with strings attached) if you agree to carry on with the call.

Verizon (800) 511-8086 – ‘Unable to connect you at this time’ then the call hangs up.

Staples (800) 378-2753 – This one does indeed connect to Staples, but it is their general information and ordering number, not an employment hotline. 
It is unclear who created the message. It was perhaps well-intentioned to begin with, but its continued circulation will help nobody.  Job seekers can seek information about work opportunities at the listed companies – and accurate contact information – by visiting the careers sections of their respective websites.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer