Recruitment Fraud Notice

What is Recruitment Fraud?

Recruitment fraud is an attempt to deceive a job seeker into providing money or personal information in return for a fictitious job. This kind of fraud is normally conducted through unsolicited emails, online recruitment services, such as LinkedIn, Indeed and other job boards, and even text messages.

We are aware of individuals who have falsely claimed to recruit on behalf of Grainger. We take recruitment fraud very seriously and provide this information to help you learn how to identify and report recruitment fraud. Grainger has no responsibility for fraudulent offers, and we recommend that you do not respond to unsolicited offers of employment from people claiming to work for, or be affiliated with, Grainger.

Job seekers should apply for Grainger jobs at See the Federal Trade Commission guidance on protecting yourself online when it comes to job searching.

Identifying Recruitment Fraud 

Perpetrators often ask job seekers to provide personal information or to complete fake job applications, so it is important to look for these key warning signs:

  • Requests for money to process or assist with a job application – Grainger will never ask for money at any point in the recruitment process. We will also never send a check prior to starting employment.
  • Requests for personal information – Grainger will never request passport or driver’s license information, credit card information, or banking information as part of the recruitment process.
  • Misspellings or off-looking communications – Grainger only sends emails from the domain, and you should check for formatting errors, misspellings, pixelated logos, etc. as potential signals of fraudulent activity.
  • An insistence on urgency – scammers try to make you act quickly to prevent you from taking the time to realize it’s a scam.

What You Can Do:

  • Discontinue conversation with the sender and do not provide any personal information or make any payments until you have verified you are engaging with a legitimate source.
  • Report the situation to Grainger by emailing with the subject “Recruitment Fraud,” and include all relevant evidence, including who contacted you, how you were contacted (phone, email, job board, etc.), and the content of the message(s) you received.
  • Alert your bank and all credit bureaus that your financial information may have been compromised. This will help put more eyes on your bank accounts and credit score and keep a look out for suspicious activity. This can also help you to potentially get money back.
  • Contact your local police and provide them with all information you may have from the sender.
  • Report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission at

Do Not: 

  • Respond to offers of employment from people that you have not confirmed are legitimate.
  • Engage in further communication or disclose your personal or financial details if you believe the communications may be fraudulent.
  • Send money to anyone you do not know.