TV5 Tough Questions: Federal Job Scam Arises 6-17-2010 - WNEM TV 5

TV5 Tough Questions: Federal Job Scam Arises 6-17-2010

They came for an opportunity that promised a chance to work for the federal government. But when WNEM TV5 started asking some tough questions -- things took a big twist.
"It just sounds too good to be true," said Jasmine Jimenez, one of about 90 people who paid $5 to attend a job fair at the American Legion in Saginaw Township Wednesday night.
The lure was a shot at landing a job with the federal government with the help of Public Service Pathways.
The job recruiting company held at least four of these summits around Mid-Michigan, promising job seekers an average starting salary of more than $50,000 and a chance of a $4,000 pay raise every 6 months.
But near the end of each seminar comes a hook -- they want you to pay an $83 per month charge for classes that would provide further advice on how to land the job.
TV5 did some investigating and contacted The Better Business Bureau to question the legitimacy of the company. BBB officials said “these companies are offering consumers false hope and are using high pressure sale tactics in order to bilk consumers out of their savings.”
Ryan Murphy, the employee who directed the local seminar, told WNEM TV5 he could not provide information on the company’s hiring rate.
"I’m contacted to run the orientations," he said. "I don’t deal with the actual administrative side."
At the seminars, attendees paid up-front fees of $5 each. TV5 went to two of the seminars and reported that company made nearly $1,000 on entry fees alone.
To avoid such scams, the BBB recommends:
  1. Checking a firm's BBB reliability report and complaint history
  2. Confirming the company has a refund guarantee
  3. Not giving out credit card or bank information unless you are familiar with the company
  4. Be on the alert of businesses promoting "previously undisclosed" federal government jobs
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