Job Scams | Federal Trade Commission

Finding a job is tough, and it’s hard work. You’re looking for a way to earn money – not give it away. But it can be awfully tempting to pay someone who promises you a job. I was desperate, and the ad said cleaning jobs were available… I called the number in the ad, and they said I could start working as soon as I paid $100 for certification… I’d been looking for a job for months, and needed help. For $4,000, they guaranteed me interviews with their clients and said they’d refund my money if I wasn’t satisfied… Scammers advertise jobs exactly where legitimate employers do – on popular websites, in the classifieds, and even on TV. The ads sound so promising, whether it’s for hourly work or an executive-level job. Every ad raises your hopes. But ads placed by scammers come with a twist: you have to pay – and then, there’s no job. It turns out there was no job, no certification, and no chance I was going to get my money back. There was no access, there were no clients. Not only didn’t I get any interviews, but they kept every dime I paid. What a waste. The study materials that were supposed to help me get a postal job, were useless, and the company I paid has nothing to do with the Postal Service. Let’s face it, many con artists are good at what they do. They can sound very convincing, especially when your defenses are down. They may say they’ve got a job waiting for youů or they might guarantee to place you in a job. But you can’t believe the promises – even when you want to. Legitimate companies don’t make promises or guarantees about jobs. If an employer or employment-service firm wants you to pay – even if they say it’s for certification, training materials or for their expenses placing you with a company – don’t do business with them. Legitimate employers and firms don’t ask you to pay for the promise of a job. Some listing services and consultants write their ads or phone scripts to sound like they have jobs waiting for you. The truth is, they’re only selling information about looking for a job – information that’s generally available for free. Remember, you shouldn’t have to pay to get paid. Don’t pin your hopes – or your money – on a promise. If you’ve been the victim of a job scam and paid someone for a job that didn’t exist, we want to hear about it. Complain to the Federal Trade Commission at or 1-877-FTC-HELP. Letting the Federal Trade Commission know about your experience can help put an employment scam out of business. For more information, visit

8 thoughts on “Job Scams | Federal Trade Commission

  1. Don't forget those that set-up fake websites that dump viruses on your computer — frozen online pages that freeze you compute unless you pay or buy their software. Yeah, I got the virus off and didn't pay a dime, but my computer was ruined.

  2. Theirs so many websites online that charge money too join too have a business and others that say its a free webinar too invite you and when you get too it, Theirs always a catch later after the webinars they want you too come back a week later too learn about their business opportunity and they ask you too sign up for a three day class and pay money too learn that business you cant afford.It cost alot of money.

  3. Can you prove that what you call "pyramid scams" is a scam? Do you even know what they are? Tagging an online or work from home opportunity a scam without being able to show your case is the just as bad as a person who actually scams people.

    So don't confuse work from home with a j.o.b. (just over broke) work from home is a business opportunity not a get rich quick scheme. You're not guaranteed a paycheck at your J.O.B. no more than I am in my business.

  4. All jobs are scams. All employers are liars & frauds. Period.
    Better for individuals to fight for themselves, the way mercenaries & soldiers do, taking whatever it is they need to survive,
    logically from those with the most.

  5. i am a true devoted worker and i do my best to make my costermer and boss to be proud of my work

  6. I sure wish I knew about job ad scams several years ago. At the time I didn't know such scams existed. I actually answered a post office job ad several years back and it wasn't until a couple months went by that I realized it was a scam. They scammed almost $100 out of me and they sent me a test kit. I was told if I didn't find a job in my area they would reimburse me, I looked for openings in my state, there were none, I called the number from the ad back and it was disconnected.

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