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Government career development program: BBB says be cautious

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A company promising quick access to federal jobs is bringing its act to Virginia and the Better Business Bureau is warning people to be cautious. 

This company is hosting seminars in Petersburg. They claim that they have the inside track on government jobs. The Better Business Bureau is warning potential job seekers to be cautious if attending these seminars. 

In a difficult economy, the idea of a secure, federal job with benefits is attractive, so attractive that a job fair hosted by Senator Mark Warner brought out thousands of people. 

"Certainly with the expansion of Fort Lee, and this section, and this region of the metropolitan area, we know there are going to be expansion, we know there are going to be jobs," said Tom Gallagher with the Better Business Bureau of Greater Richmond.

And this company Career Development appears to be taking advantage of that potential. For a small $5 fee they are encouraging people to participate in a seminar. But that seminar is only the beginning. 

"Then you are going to the opportunity to take a course, pay a thousand dollars for it and then that was going to help you with your civil service exam," Gallagher said. 

The company appears to be known as a number of different names, but an outfit, operating out of the same exact address was recently sued by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. 

We spoke to Mike Bell from Career Development by phone and he claims they are an entirely different operation than the one in trouble in New York. 

Bell says that the company that was sued in New York has gone out of business and even though Career Development works out of the same address it is unrelated to the company that has an "F" rating with the BBB.  He also told us that it's been difficult to deal with the repercussions of being associated with the now defunct organization.  

The Richmond Better Business Bureau told us the service they provide is something you can easily pick up without their help. 

"This place has absolutely no connection at all to the federal government, or with any government agency," said Gallagher. 

Career development claims they run a clean seminar that specializes in law enforcement and Homeland Security jobs. If you do want help looking for a government job, good advice is available from the Federal Trade Commission. To get their advice click the link to the right of this article. 

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