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

Comments

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.

Last year was a little hard for me after being let go from two federal contacts. I was amazed at the calls I was receving after posting resume on careerbuilder. One call openned by sayhing congradulations on be selected for a very special and exiting oppportuity. You have been selected to interveiw with the President of the company. I started to piss off the phone caller by asking questions. I ask how much will this cost me. The caller woulf not provide me with an answer so I said do not call again. I said this was a rip off. Bottom line. Do not trust anyone calls you cold and is not upfront with you.

I was offered a data entry position with a company that boasted they were an international company. I knew something was up when they wanted to conduct an instant messenger interview. I went ahead with the interview but when he kept asking me about a bank account, I became suspicious. I asked him why did I have to have a bank account and he told me in order to receive funds to purchase supplies needed for the job. The supplies were a laptop, software and other items. I told him that I could not open a checking account and he asked why. I told him that I would not open a checking account nor would I allow him to deposit funds into my savings account. He kept stating that everything was legitimate and that the first $100 of the funds would be mine to keep. I finally told him that I knew this was a scam and not to contact me any further or I would report him to the FTC and my state Attorney General. Haven't heard from him since ... but another company tried to contact me again and I stated the same thing to her.

You may want to file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.ftc.gov/complaint. You can provide as many details as you'd like in a complaint. If a trend is detected the company could be investigated.

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