The Facebook post said Ford Motor Co. is hiring for factory positions, starting at $18 an hour, and directs job seekers to call a "recruitment line." However, the phone number actually belongs to a staffing company, not to the automaker. And to top it off, Ford says it's not hiring anyway.
"This was not posted by Ford and the hotline provided is not owned or operated by Ford," said a statement from the automaker. "We do not recruit for U.S. hourly manufacturing positions through social media and we do not have a hotline to apply for these jobs."
Ford instead says it gets applicants for hourly manufacturing jobs through state employment offices and MichiganWorks!
The Detroit Free Press says the phone number belongs to a staffing company, Ross Innovative Employment Solutions, which said it works with MichiganWorks!
The number is to one of their Livonia, Michigan-based phones, because they've done hiring referrals for Ford; two since December, for 75 jobs.
"What we assumed happened is someone took a little information, got it wrong and promoted we are hiring directly for Ford. Or to be honest, we're not certain it's not something malicious," said Ross spokesman Brad Speck to the newspaper.
Ford spokeswoman Kristina Adamski also pointed out that its factory positions don't start out at $18 an hour.
According to media outlets, the outgoing voice-mail message identified the phone number as the "Ford recruitment line" and instructed callers to leave their name and phone number in a loud and clear voice.
The recording also asks them to indicate - for statistical purposes - if they're veterans and if they're currently employed.
The mysterious post was first reported by Detroit's WWJ Radio.
In 2014, Americans reported more than 18,000 incidents of employment scams; 9,861 business opportunities/work-at-home scams and 8,614 employment agencies/job counsel/overseas work, according to data the Federal Trade Commission released last month.