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Scam of the Week: Bogus work-at-home companies

By Mika Highsmith - bio | email

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

(WTOL) - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has asked the federal courts to shut down seven entities charged with offering bogus job placement including work-at-home schemes.

The companies promise to get people jobs in the federal government, as movie extras, or as mystery shoppers. Other companies promise clients will make money working from their homes stuffing envelopes or assembling ornaments.

In the law enforcement actions announced Thursday, the FTC charged the following companies:

  • Government Careers Inc.
  • Real Wealth, Inc.
  • Darling Angel Pin Creations
  • Abili-Staff, Ltd.
  • Entertainment Work, Inc.
  • Independent Marketing Exchange, Inc.
  • Preferred Platinum Services Network

In addition to the seven cases just announced, since last summer, the FTC has settled or litigated four law enforcement actions stemming from employment and work-at-home scams:

  • Job Safety USA
  • Career Hotline, Inc.
  • Penbrook Productions
  • International Marketing

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