Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona is alerting job seekers to Government Careers, Inc.(GCI), a Tucson-based company that helps “government job seekers assert themselves into the government workforce,” according to its Website, www.governmentcareersinc.com.
Since June 2, BBB has received 32 complaints against GCI. Complaints have come from 18 states, including Arizona, Texas, Michigan, Alaska, New Jersey, Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Maryland, Connecticut, Washington, Florida, New York, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, and California.
Complainants tell BBB they were unaware they were signing up for GCI’s services when they responded to what they thought were job postings for government positions with the U.S. Postal Service, Border Patrol, and National Park Service at CareerBuilder.com and other job listing sites.
Employment advertisements posted online indicate several government positions are available across the country, but complainants say that once they’ve signed up for GCI services – which costs between $114 and $965 – they learned there were no such government positions available in their area.
According to a consumer from Florida, he was told by a telephone representative with GCI that there were plenty of postal jobs in his area and the study materials provided by the company would help him pass the postal exam. In his complaint filed with BBB he writes, “After giving her my [credit card] number and hanging up I had a bad feeling and started to look around for the postal jobs on the USPS web page. The only job that came up in the state of Florida was 350 miles away from my house.”