(KMOV) -- The Federal Trade Commission says a national company is banned from offering employment products or services - after the FTC says the company sold government job listings that are offered for free.
The FTC spells out it's accusations in these court documents: www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/0923208/111019frontierpubcmpt.pdf
The FTC says American Data Group put classified ads in newspapers and on-line. The ads read like a want ad for a federal government job. The ads tell job seekers to call a toll free number for information. The FTC says telemarketers then sold $69 packets that included a spread sheet with federal government job listings and information about passing standardized tests.
David Newman, with the FTC, said most the testing material wouldn't have helped job seekers. He added that the information about job listings is already available for free on a government website: www.usajobs.gov
Newman pointed out the red flags, "The claim that the government doesn't advertise these jobs, when in fact the government does, claiming they have unique access, that this will help you with exams. If you're interested in working for a federal agency or postal service, call the agency."
FTC offers more advice here: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt013.shtm