Perhaps you've seen the advertisements in the classified section of the newspapers advertising job vacancies with the U.S. Government or U.S. Postal Service. Scam artists behind these ads offer, for a fee, to help job seekers find and apply for federal jobs. Some companies try to confuse consumers by using names that sound like government agencies, such as, "U.S. Agency for Career Advancement," or the "Postal Employment Service." Consumers should know that information about federal job vacancies are available free from the federal government.
Federal agencies and the U.S. Postal Service never charge application fees, sell study guides for job tests, or guarantee that an applicant will be hired. If positions require a competitive examination - and many do not -the federal agencies doing the hiring usually offer free sample questions to applicants who sign up for the exam.
To help you recognize federal job scams, the Better Business Bureau, along with the Federal Trade Commission, suggest you be aware of the following types of ads or techniques used by scam artists.
If you have questions about a company's advertisement for employment services, contact your Better Business Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service or your state attorney general.