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Hundreds of applicants affected by cleaning job scam

March 10, 2010
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GREENSBORO, NC — The owners of a cleaning company have closed shop and fled after allegedly defrauding job seekers, taking their money and their hopes of a job, according to the News & Record.

According to the story, over a hundred people applied to work for Spic N Span Cleaning Services after fliers were posted around town advertising jobs paying $9 per hour — jobs that never materialized, even after applicants were told they were hired and charged $55 cash for uniforms and boots that also never came.

Police have not been able to find the owners, and it is unclear whether the owners used their real names to acquire a lease on the business — for which the landlord says they never paid rent, the story stated.
Greensboro Detective D.A. Smith said: "We don''t know what their real names are right now. It appears as if they have left town. They were staying in motel rooms, but we can''t locate them anymore."
According to the story, last week — before they went missing and disconnected their phones — one of the two owners, who went by the name Latoya S. Myers, claimed the company was legitimate, saying: "Whatever it is, it''s not true. We have our lawyers looking into this, and I was told not to speak to anyone."

Applicants were required to give personal information like social security and drivers license numbers, as well as take a 300-question janitorial work test, the story noted.

Will Howard, an employment specialist at a homeless center where the cleaning company had been advertising, said: "This is the group the con artists will target because they are easy prey. They are taking advantage of people who can’t afford to be taken advantage of."
Police are still investigating the exact number of people affected by the scam, the story added.
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