If your summer job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is! 2004-06-02

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release Contact: Linda Bell, Director, Communications, Youth Employment Services Tel: 514.878.9788 x 302 Email: lb@yesmontreal.ca Iris Unger, Executive Director, Youth Employment Services Tel: 514.878.9788 x 301 Email: iu@yesmontreal.ca www.yesmontreal.ca

May 31, 2004 – Montreal. Corporal Yves Leblanc of the RCMP’s Project COLT will be at Youth Employment Services on June 22, 2004 at 2:00 pm to teach young job seekers how to avoid being lured by promises of easy cash this summer by fraudulent telemarketing companies.

These “boiler-room” organizations are often well-structured and even employ financial directors and managers, similar to legitimate telemarketing companies. This makes it difficult for young job seekers to distinguish between those organizations running scams and those that are legitimate. As a result, many may be at risk of becoming unwitting participants in illegal telemarketing operations.

The RCMP website states that Montreal is the hub for telemarketing fraud in North America, and investigators of Project COLT report that 40 to 50 telemarketing fraud operations are active in the city. Each year, these illegal operations bring in more than $60 million by preying on unsuspecting victims – most of whom are seniors.

This presentation is FREE and is open to the general public. Interested participants can contact Youth Employment Services at (514) 878-9788 for more information or to register.

Youth Employment Services is a non-profit, community organization that delivers English-language job-search and self-employment services to Quebecers.