Promises here today, gone tomorrow

We’ve all probably seen ads online, on TV, and in newpapers: “Job placement – Guaranteed!” “Interview Today. Start Tomorrow.” When we’re out of work, an ad promising a job starts to look really good. But what happens if we follow through with a click or a call? Do we get that "guaranteed" job?

Virtually never – according to the FTC’s complaint database, and according to a recent ABC News investigative piece. “Nightline” sent in a producer undercover after hearing from several New York consumers.

This is the experience of thousands of people the FTC heard from last year. Someone promises you a job – if you pay up front: For training. For certification. For supplies. For “secret” government jobs listings. But you’re left with less money than you started with and nothing to show for it – often at exactly the time you can least spare the cash.

What to do? As the FTC’s own Mónica Vaca says in the news story: “…never pay for the promise of a job.” It might sound really good and hopeful – but ask yourself this: Can you afford to kiss that money goodbye? Because that’s the likely outcome.

If you paid someone money to get a job, let us know. Our investigators are looking for these bad guys, and you can help us find them. And spread the word about job scams and other scams. You can be the difference that helps someone else not get scammed.

Blog Topics: 
Jobs & Making Money


My son went to a job fair a couple of years ago in Atl, Ga. The man at the fair say he was starting his on company and promise my son a higher up position in the company. Then he invited my son to his house to discuss everything about the new business. My son girl friend, at the time, who is now his wife, thought it was somewhat strange, so she went with him. When they got there the man started acting weird, never saying anything about the new business. Then she said he offered them something to drink. When he went to the kicthen, she said they left very quickly. Just because it was a job fair my son thought he could trust the people there. Thank God for the girl friend going with him. I may have never seen my son again. I don't think they ever reported what happen, because my son was a shame to tell me. And with so many people going missing, That same guy may be doing the same thing to this day.

Same thing happened to my son. He went for workshop and they told everyone that it takes $700 dollars to start their own business, and be their own boss. They are supposed to buy this knife set for $700, and sell it door to door. My son asked them who is going to buy spend $750 to $800 dollar on knives in this economy.

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