Miami Herald: 8 Florida firms accused of running employment scams
Feb 18, 2010
The Miami Herald published this story on February 18, 2010.
By NIRVI SHAH
Florida’s attorney general subpoenaed eight companies operating in Florida based on consumer complaints that they have been running employment scams.
Customers have complained that the quality of the services offered — including promises of at-home employment, career coaching and résumé writing help or Internet business ventures — were not what was promised or paid for and that companies missed deadlines or used untrained employees.
The subpoenas are part of a joint effort with the Federal Trade Commission.
The attorney general warns that consumers should be wary of companies offering jobs that require little or no education but claim to pay high wages, companies that charge an up-front fee for services or products, companies that offer memberships to Internet-based employment opportunities and other opportunities that sound too good to be true.
Affected consumers can file a complaint at www.myfloridalegal.com or call 866-966-7226.
The companies subpoenaed are Career Services International in Orlando; Coretech Media, doing business as Netcadetpro.com and Net Money Training in St. Petersburg; Darling Angel Pin Creations in Brandon; GC Displays, doing business as Atlanticpacificonline.com in Clearwater; Home Biz Ventures, doing business as Bidfuel.com and Blogtoolkit.com in Clearwater; My Career Corp. in Tampa; Pacific Webworks, Inc., in Salt Lake City — which worked with customers in Florida; and Viable Marketing Corp. in Seminole.