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TWO ARRESTED OVER AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYMENT SCAM

 TWO ARRESTED OVER AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYMENT SCAM
 WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Embassy of Australia


issued the following:
 The first arrests have been made in the campaign against the U.S. bogus employment companies that charge up to US$1,250 to help find so-called "guaranteed" jobs in Australia.
 In New York, the U.S. Postal Service this week seized the records of North East Services Inc. and arrested two U.S. citizens for mail and wire fraud. Bank records show this company, operating in one room with a bank of telephones, grossed over $700,000 selling $99 job guides.
 More than six other companies are continuing to operate Australian job scams -- one company has even franchised its operations. Rainbow International Publishing of Orlando, Fla., claims to be able to guarantee US$75,000-US$85,000 tax-free jobs in Australia, along with free transportation, housing and other benefits. Hundreds of victims have paid fees to this company for inaccurate and generally out of date information about employment in Australia.
 Christopher Sweeney, counsellor for public affairs at the Australian Embassy in Washington, said that as the recession had continued in the United States, more and more people were paying large fees to the companies even though Australia has an unemployment rate of over 10 percent, higher than the U.S. level. "We have received numerous complaints from companies in Australia that are listed in these publications and have received an avalanche of resumes and applications, even though they are not hiring," he said.
 Following television exposes in Australia and the United States on a company called Overseas Technical Services, Inc., the FBI in Daytona Beach, Fla., recently seized the records of the company. It charged between $750 and $1,250. Hundreds of victims have provided the embassy with affidavits about this company.
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 /CONTACT: Lou LaFleur of the U.S. Postal Service, 516-933-2416, or Christopher Sweeney, counsellor (public affairs), Embassy of Australia, 202-797-3000/ CO: U.S. Postal Service; Embassy of Australia ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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