"Many employment services provide valuable help, but others misrepresent themselves and their services in an attempt to take your money," Madigan told The New York Times Monday.
It is a sign of the times. Victims of the recession, desperate for work, are vulnerable to the promises -- the sales pitches, that is -- of companies that imply they have an inside track on job listings or a special formula that guarantees a job, then charge large sums for tweaking a resume and providing a list of companies for their customers to call.
Kerry Fischman of Naperville, Ill., said fear and anxiety drove him to pay ITS Corp. $8,250 in December to help him find a job. In the end, he found a job on his own while the company, "was just giving me names and information," he said.
A promise of an inside track to unpublished jobs was never fulfilled, he said.
The company said complaints come from a small percentage of clients.