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Inaccurate 'Now Hiring' Toll Free Phone Number Message Still Circulating

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.

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Brief Analysis
The information in the message is not valid. Two of the numbers are not in service, one of them connects to a telemarketer, and one plays a message stating that it is no longer in use. 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.

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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 - Announces that this number is no longer in use, then connects to a telemarketing pitch for ADT Security.

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 - Not a working number.

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.

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Last updated: October 24, 2013
First published: October 24, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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