Jobs ads really a scheme to sell your info

You’re job hunting online and see a job ad for a well-known company. It’s on a site that says it pre-screens people for big employers, like banks, government agencies, and multinational companies. You apply and get a message asking you to schedule an interview.

Not so fast. The “interview” is really a call designed to get you to enroll in specific colleges or career training programs. That’s the story behind the FTC’s complaint against Gigats — also doing business as Expand, Inc., EducationMatch and Softrock, Inc. According to the FTC, instead of interviewing or prescreening people for employers, Gigats ran a deceptive scheme to generate sales leads for its clients.

When companies gather information about people — not for themselves, but to sell to other companies — that’s lead generation. The lead generator finds people (leads) likely to be interested in buying a company’s products or services. It’s a legitimate business practice, but not if the lead generator lies about what it’s really up to.

In this case, says the FTC, if you “interviewed” with Gigats, you’d wind up talking with an education advisor. Why? To match you with a school they claimed could help you reach your career goals. But the only schools recommended were those that paid Gigats for leads. (And you still weren’t getting the job interview or pre-screening you expected.) Today, the FTC announced Gigats has agreed to settle the FTC’s charges and stop its deceptive practices.

If you’re looking for jobs or colleges online, remember that some sites promising to match you with the right job or college could be lead generation companies. Their results usually favor their paid clients. If you follow their advice, you might miss out on better, more affordable schools or programs that aren’t paying the company for leads.

Comments

Good work FTC! But it's not just the lead generators that job seekers have to worry about. We've seen a big uptick in complaints like this one about a job offer from the UK (yes we did send it to you FTC!)

I am worried of my information being out here or even having the potential to be sold instead of properly managing personal and critical information

How can we protect our self and information when we are desperately looking for real Job? what should we be looking for, or what are those save Job site? some of us need help with identifying the save job sites. I have been fighting with these fake sits calling to connect me to school for two months now, and it is making me not want to look for jobs online and yet that is the norm now. Please help

This FTC article about job scams tells about signs of a job scam, job placement services and ways to look for jobs.

serious took the Fed's this long to figure this out? yoinks!

This 'whistleblower' of sorts article has just enough buzz words and companies named to garner some interest from the populations most likely to be hit and or targeted. What I would like to see happen is for the FTC to send an email blast to ALL public, private, and accredited online universities and colleges (emphasizing campus career centers and academic advisors). That blast would be a help to all seniors and recent graduates actively seeking first time employment as a college graduate. Another statewide email blast ought to go to all public, private, and alternative high schools' students, their parents, and academic counselors. This blast would best serve high school graduates looking for work immediately upon graduating, or those high school graduates identified as direct feeders to community colleges and four-year universities. This strategy might be the quickest way to send this critical and cautionary message out to all those most immediately affected by deceptive practices in the education and employment industries.

That is a great comment. It is comprehensive and very well written.

Yes, that happening to my daughter. Received a ton of school applications for various careers, based on her job search. It was on Craig's List.

It is happening right here in Melbourne.

Yes! This happened to me back in 2014. Before I interviewed for a job with a certain collection agency, I had never had a scam call on my cell phone. And I have had the same number for years! But right after the interview within a day, I started getting so many calls. And it has not stopped yet. I'm sure they sold my info. I did file a complaint with the FTC in 2015, but never heard anything back about it. I hope they are working on it behind the scenes.

Good Morning,
Thank you for the email alert. Unfortunately for me it was late coming. I have received numerous calls for colleges and career training programs after going online and clicking on what was supposedly be a Walmart (part-time)job site. Be very aware because it seem as if all these companies are taking full advantage of the consumer with deceitful tactics.

Thank you FTC.

This happened to me too , recently I moved from Miami to Orlando , and while looking for a job I applied online , big mistake to begin, every day I receive tons of calls regarding college or educational institutions asking if I am planning to enroll in school in the next three months or how soon , this has become a nightmare, I am thinking about changing my phone number , it's annoying it bothers a lot , thank you for this information.

Not looking at this moment

Had had to deal with this call method for a week now. Exact scenario playing out, with VERY strange lead calls for education providers. The caller is actually a series of pre-recorded responses, so I don't hear the real caller's voice. Have not given them more personal information than they already have, and they are very persistent (sometimes 3 calls in 5 minute span.) I am going to really start messing with them now; been thinking of reading the bible over the phone. The good book needs to be read. Thanks for posting!

Craigslist job ads are littered with job posts that lack verifiable contact information, a perfect environment for identity theft. Will the FTC require sites such as Craigslist (who charge fees for ad placement) to refuse job postings without verifiable contact information in the form of the company name,address/es of position offered and phone number? If not, why not? Of those fraudulent ads, many times the google map function on the Craigslist job post clearly shows when clicked an indeterminate geography. For those responding to job ads on Craigslist, bear in mind that unless you can verify the contact information online or in your local Yellow Pages, if you submit your resume scammers will hold onto your information for several years before stealing your identity and credit card information via what is known as 'The Dark Web' You've been warned! PS:It happened to me too but fortunately my bank reversed the $500 that was charged to my card around 3AM local time that I found about 7:30AM because I check our accounts multiple times daily!

The job ad sites sell your info too. Monster jobs sold my info to numerous spammers and it took years to get rid of them.

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