Protect Yourself from Job Scams - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/11/03

Protect Yourself from Job Scams

Amy Jones had been searching for a job in Lubbock for weeks. "It said $11 slash start so anyone would figure an hour for manager training or associate." The name or address of the company was not listed. But Amy, still excited, called for an interview.

The company asked her to bring along $60. Money they said would be used for a background check. Amy says, "They told me the day that I paid the $60 to bring $95 for a demonstration kit." That's a total of $155 after one interview. The $95 kit included an aluminum pie pan, a small glass cup, matches, a mini-fire extinguisher and lighter fluid.

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After training, Amy's job would be to use the kit to try and sell fire products. Amy says, "I started feeling funny about it and I felt like I was making a mistake." That's because Amy was under the impression she would make $11 an hour. Instead it was $11 for every demonstration she gave,plus commission. Amy says, "I was so excited thinking I was going to be this manager. It wasn't anything guaranteed and they made it sound like it was a guarantee pay that we would get every month."

Amy decided she had indeed made a mistake and called the company, only to hear the money was non-refundable. "They didn't tell me anything about it being non refundable. I guess I should've read it better." These mistakes and deception cost Amy $155 and a job.

Nan Campbell, President of the South Plains Better Business Bureau says there were red warning flags throughout Amy's story. First, the vague want ad. Campbell says, "Any company that advertises blindly like that you want to check out further. Why don't they tell me who they are? why don't they tell me what they want me to do?."

Second flag, paying money up front. Campbell says, "If I'm going to work for these people, why do they want money from me?" Campbell adds, that it's not unusual to pay for equipment you may be selling, but always ask questions. Make sure you know whether the money is refundable and where it's going.

Third flag, a job that promises big money and fast advancement. Campbell says, "If they're telling you that you're going to be making a lot of money for very little or no training or very little work then I would think that's something to be cautious of."

Amy now understands those cautious steps. She says, "I would never pay to get hired on someplace."

For more information, you can check with the ( Better Business Bureau of the South Plains ).

For NewsChannel 11's Consumer Connection, I'm Sharon Maines.

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