FTC Targets Scammers Pushing Phony Jobs, Bogus Money-Making Schemes

Media Advisory

In conjunction with state law enforcement officials and other federal agencies, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a press conference on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, at 11 a.m., to announce a law enforcement sweep cracking down on job and work-at-home fraud fueled by the economic downturn.

WHO: David C. Vladeck, Director, FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General,
U.S. Department of Justice

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray

A job seeker who lost money to a scam

Also attending will be representatives of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Monster.com, and Microsoft

WHEN: Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 432
Washington, DC

Call-in Information: The toll-free phone number (in the U.S. and Canada) is (866) 363-9013, the confirmation number is 55572813, and the chairperson is Gail Kingsland. The lines, which are for media only, will open at 10:45 a.m. EST. Please reference the confirmation number when joining the call.

VIDEO: A new FTC consumer education video, available in English and
Spanish, tells anyone looking for work how to steer clear of a job scam. Still shots from the Web sites of some of the operators charged in this law enforcement sweep, as well as video footage of Consumer Protection Director Vladeck, and Monica Vaca, an Assistant Director in the Division of Marketing Practices, will also be available. They can be downloaded at aperturefilms.com/ftc when the press conference begins.
PRESS CONTACT: FTC Office of Public Affairs
202-326-2180

(Bottom Dollar - 2/5/10)

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