Tips for Consumers: Postal Job Scams Return
Tips for Consumers
Postal Job Scams Return
Government and postal jobs are always attractive to job seekers throughout the Hagerstown area. The jobs pay well, and have high quality benefits. Unfortunately, this also makes them a magnet for con artists who make millions of dollars misleading consumers into thinking that the promoters can help victims get those jobs.
For example, recently the Federal Trade Commission charged a scammer and his companies with marketing a fraudulent U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employment program.
According to the FTC, the defendants misrepresented through ads and telephone pitches that they were connected with or endorsed by the Postal Service; that postal jobs were available; that customers would receive study materials that would help them pass the postal entrance exam; and that customers were assured jobs with the Postal Service. None of these claims are true.
The defendants ran classified ads across the country, such as:
HIRING for 2005 POSTAL POSITIONS
$17.50-$59.00 Plus+ hour. Full benefits.
Paid Training Vacations. No Experience Necessary.
Green Card OK
CALL (toll free number)
Consumers thought the defendants were hiring for postal jobs. When they called the number, telemarketers told them they were affiliated with the USPS and that jobs were available in the consumers' area. They needed to pay more than $125 for test preparation materials and as the "registration fee" to take the postal employment test. Contrary to what was promised, the packages didn't contain materials to enable them to pass the postal exam or gain employment.
In fact, it is true that many entry-level postal jobs require a postal examination, but the tests are not regularly offered and there are no job guarantees based on your score.
Beware of promoters claiming they can get you government or postal jobs! Real details on postal jobs are available at local post offices or go to the USPS Web site, www.usps.com . This information is free of charge. Information about other government jobs can be found at www.usajobs.gov.
To file a complaint visit: www.baltimore.bbb.org or write: BBB, 1414 Key Highway, #100, Baltimore MD 21230. Their office serves Baltimore and all of Greater Maryland.