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GDOT: Scam artists preying on drivers, job seekers
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GDOT: Scam artists preying on drivers, job seekers

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation says scam artists posing as GDOT workers are targeting Metro Atlantans.  

In one case, GDOT said a driver with a flat tire pulled over on Interstate 75 near Moores Mill Road, where he was approached by a man wearing a gray safety vest in a white Dodge pickup truck. The man identified himself as a GDOT employee.

"They actually got the wheel from the tire, said if the motorist would give them 100 dollars they'd take the wheel, get a tire, put on it and bring it back," said GDOT spokesman Mark McKinnon.

"And of course, they were not one of our HERO units and they actually never returned."

GDOT said a second case involved a man who claimed to be a "federal job recruiter" approaching job seekers at various career fairs throughout Metro Atlanta.

In exchange for $87 for an application and background check, the man promised to give people jobs with GDOT. In this case, the victims wired the money to the perpetrator, only to discover that it was a scam.

"They contacted us and said, do you know anything about these jobs and the fees that I paid?" McKinnon said. "And of course we didn't."

GDOT reminds Georgia residents that its HERO operators are always easy to identify; they drive department trucks, wear uniforms, carry identification and never charge drivers for their assistance.

The Department also does not utilize employment recruiters or charge fees to job applicants.

Anyone who has been approached by these scam artists or has any additional information about these cases is asked to call GDOT's Investigations Unit at 404-347-0620.

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