It’s hard to believe someone would steal money from a person looking for a job. But unfortunately, no matter how bad the situation, scammers see opportunity. Many people looking for work have been ripped off by scam artists who promise a job, access to special job listings, interviews, or a way to make a big income working from home – that is, if they just pay a fee or turn over their credit or debit card information. In the end, they’re left with no job…and some are robbed of hundreds of dollars.
That’s why the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has produced this new video warning consumers: “Don’t Pay for a Promise.” The video features details on how consumers can spot and steer clear of job scammers, and how to report rip-offs to the FTC. Also, the FTC and its partners across the country today announced a law enforcement sweep cracking down on job and work-at-home scams. Learn more at www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/02/bottomdollar.shtm.