Fake news claim: Email claiming to be from Human Resource Management, claiming it knows the employees' car history and indirectly threatening the employee to purchase a new car.
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 12:11 PM
Subject: Personal matter
As you may know many companies still use credit checks as part of their hiring process. This is to ensure that the employee can be trusted to make sound financial decisions, has the maturity to manage his/her own financial affairs, and to show signs of financial distress that might indicate risk of theft or fraud. While we do not conduct these checks at this time the gist of the check is valid to us.
We have noticed for some time the condition of your vehicle and wanted to discuss the matter with you. We will follow up this email with a personal meeting but wanted to document the discussion beforehand.
Since of course your annual salary is known to us and a newer and more appropriate looking vehicle should be within your financial reach, it is our concern that perhaps you are having a difficult time financially. Frankly, the concern is that if you cannot afford a newer vehicle then either you may be susceptible to fraud or that you are not responsible for the position you maintain. To be even more frank, it just looks bad.
Please let us know if there is a reason that you have not upgraded your vehicle before now. If it is a financial matter then we will need to know the details of the problems you are having. Perhaps it is as simple that you did not know the concern you are raising. Otherwise please address this situation as quickly as possible. We will be happy to refer you to dealerships who we have worked with in the past.
Vice President, Human Resource Management
Vice President, Finance and Administration
This email her coworker received today commenting— Oregon I.T. Not IT🤬 (@OregonProgress) January 22, 2020
"He drives a 2005 Camry that is old and fading paint. He never has to meet anyone that they would ever see the car. It’s literally just another car in the garage." pic.twitter.com/eQxK4DmrY9
This email my coworker received today. He drives a 2005 Camry. It’s not wrecked, just old and fading paint. He never has to meet anyone that they would ever see the car. It’s literally just another car in the garage.
Facts Check Verdict: Spam/Hoax
News Verification: The email screenshot is viral since 2020. Many people who drive old cars and received such messages, felt like threatening to the message. It cn be just advised to people who receive such email or messages, this is nothing but similar to a prank. Maybe you are driving an old car, you might be threatened after reading the email.
The post has been shared by more than 5000 on Social Media.
However, it is advisable not to get panic and not to respond to any further calls or messages. You may reach the police if you receive any further calls or threats.
The best way would be to ignore the viral message.