ORLANDO, Fla. - A warning from Action9 about a Craigslist job ad that lots of people claim took their money for high-paying jobs in the security field that didn't exist.
Action 9's Todd Ulrich tracked down the company behind the ad and found why the job offer is so risky.
The ad reads, "Security officers needed," and pays up to $16 an hour.
Juan Ramos showed up at International Security Assurance on Sand Lake Road. According to Ramos, he was hired after he paid $300 upfront.
“I thought I was getting a job, honestly," he said.
Derval Wilks went in for the same job interview.
“They said they will hire me,” said Wilks, but first he had to pay $200.
It was the same story for an Altamonte Springs man who was hired after he paid $300.
All applicants heard the same reason for the upfront fees; they had to pay for a background check. They claim all they got from International Security was a list of companies that were hiring.
“They emailed me a list of job openings in Orlando, every security job opening from here to Kissimmee,” said Ramos.
The company has an F-rating at the Better Business Bureau with most complaints involving fees for a list of security jobs.
At its Sand Lake address, Action 9 kept finding an empty office where businesses can rent space by the month.
According to security experts Ulrich talked to, the company can't even advertise training and hiring officers without a state license.
“I tell my students, 'Do not go to that office. It's probably a scam,'” said security expert Craig Timpe.
No one from the company ever called Action 9 back.
“If I don't get the job, where's my money?” asked Wilks.
Any company that screens and hires security officers for other firms must have a state license and list its license number in any ads.
In general, if an employer needs cash up front for a job interview, walk away.