JOB SCAM ALERT: Be Wary of Companies Promising Government, Civilian Jobs For Fee
By Federal Trade Commission // May 30, 2017
Applying for a federal or postal job is free
ABOVE VIDEO: If you’re looking for a job, you may see ads for firms that promise results. Many of these firms may be legitimate and helpful, but others may misrepresent their services, promote out-dated or fictitious job offerings, or charge high fees in advance for services that may not lead to a job.
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION – When it comes to federal and postal jobs, the word to remember is free.
Information about job openings with the U.S. government or U.S. Postal Service is free and available to everyone. Applying for a federal or postal job also is free.
Federal agencies and the U.S. Postal Service never charge application fees or guarantee that someone will be hired.
But that hasn’t stopped scam artists from trying to make money off of people looking for federal or postal jobs. These scammers advertise in the classified sections of newspapers or online and offer — for a fee — to help job seekers find and apply for federal and postal jobs.
Some even try to hoodwink people by using company names that sound like federal agencies, like the “U.S. Agency for Career Advancement” or the “Postal Employment Service.”
Some con artists trick people into paying money by falsely claiming that job openings are available in their area. For example, they may place an ad for a postal job in your town.
You call and are told you qualify — you just need to pay for study materials to ensure a high score on the postal exam. They may even say the money is refundable if you don’t pass the exam.
The reality? The company isn’t part of the U.S. Postal Service, the materials may be worthless, and a passing score on a postal exam does not assure you’ll get a postal job.
There may not even be an available job in your area.
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ABOVE VIDEO: A customer who was scammed opens a package in real time from one of the many scam artists that exist.