Thursday, April 8, 2010

2010 Census Job Scams

Scam artists follow the headlines, and news about the tough job market gives them a ready supply of job seekers to swindle. The good news is that the federal government is hiring. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting hundreds of thousands of temporary, part-time 2010 census takers to work in their own communities.

But some fraud artists are making false statements to job seekers about the availability of census taker positions and other federal job opportunities, and improperly charging fees to assist job seekers in finding jobs. These scam artists advertise online and in the classified sections of newspapers, offering — for a fee — to help job hunters find and apply for federal jobs. Some fraudulent companies even try to confuse consumers by using names that sound official — like the “U.S. Agency for Career Advancement.”

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