Employment Scams

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 HOW EMPLOYMENT SCAMS ARE PROMOTED

People who are looking for work may be targeted by businesses or individuals taking advantage of their situation. They may promise employment results, promote fictitious or outdated job offerings, or otherwise misrepresent their services. In addition, they can charge high advance fees, ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars, for their services.

TIPS TO AVOID EMPLOYMENT SCAMS

Tips for what to look for in order to avoid an employment scam before you send in any money in response to a job ad or sign a job placement contract can be found at the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website: http://www.bbb.org/council/bbb-scam-stopper/top-scams/employment-scams/

FILING A COMPLAINT

Complaints about fraudulent employment services can be filed through the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
Connecticut residents can also contact the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) or file a General Consumer Complaint Form through DCP’s website:  http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1629&Q=274424
The Better Business Bureau will investigate complaints about member agencies only.

TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
Search by service name: General Consumer Complaints

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SOURCES: Better Business Bureau: Beware of Employment Scams posted on the BBB website; Consumer Protection, State of Connecticut Department of – website; Federal Trade Commission – website
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