The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Scamming People Who Need a Job

Jun 9, 2014

Finding a job these days means dodging lots of scams. Snagajob.com is one of the biggest. They list a few real jobs. But their real business is collecting personal information from job seekers that they can sell.

To attract as many people as possible, Snagajob lists many jobs that don’t exist in addition to the small number that do. When you sign up to apply for these jobs, you have to give them all kinds of personal information. Then you start getting calls from people trying to sell you an education. Don’t worry if you can’t afford to go to school, they say, student loans are available.

Snagajob gets rich from the schools. The schools get rich from government-backed student loans. And the unemployed get scammed out of money they haven’t even made yet!

In 2008, the founder of the company, Shawn Boyer, was named National Small Business Person of the year. The Small Business Association was right: this is business at its finest.