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Don’t be scammed when finding a job

Posted in Crime Prevention March 23rd, 2009 @ 9:05 am

In today’s economy, there are a lot of people out of work and desperate to find a job. What would you do if a placement service promised you a good paying job but you had to pay a fee upfront?

It’s not unusual for a placement service to have a potential employee pay a finder’s fee for a job. However, Careers For Life, a placement service in Denver, Colorado made customers pay thousands of dollars in finders’ fees upfront but never sent them on a job interview. In fact, paying a finder’s fee upfront for a promise of a job to a placement service is against Colorado law.

Now, most people would refuse to pay a finder’s fee upfront and legitimate career placement firms never ask you for the money. But one young man, Justin Hollon, found out the hard way that paying a finder’s fee upfront to a Careers For Life placement firm was nothing but a scam.

Why did Mr. Hollon and many other people fall for this scam? Because just like many people today who are in a dead-end job or have no job, they are hungry to find a good paying job or career. Mr. Hollon is only 22 years old and never attended college because of family circumstances. He had to take care of his mother and his six sisters and when he got married, he was desperate to find more than just a job – he wanted a career to help his family.

In fact, the high-pressure tactics the men used at this placement service on Mr. Hollon were unbelievable. They promised him a job for a big oil company and left him with brochures for an hour to look them over. When they returned the men started to question his integrity and asked him if he was man enough to do anything like this? They asked him personal questions such as if his wife deserved a guy that only works for hourly pay. Their pressure tactics broke him until he agreed to pay the up-front fee. Once they got the money, Mr. Hollon never heard back from Careers For Life. It was all just a scam.

However, this story has a happy ending. Mr. Hollon was able to get back his money because he sued them in court and then told his story to the local news stations. As a result, Careers For Life is now shut down and three of the men working at Careers For Life have been arrested with one still at large.

If you find yourself in this type of situation, you can check out career placement services or any other businesses on the Better Business Bureau website.

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