Many advertisements for overseas employment and other employment
opportunities (like cruise ships) appear to offer employment but
instead sell virtually worthless information.  The Better Business
Bureau urges caution, especially when the advertisement involves
payment of fees in advance.  Find out exactly what you will be
getting for your money.  Often you will only get a booklet of job
listings that were compiled from public sources such as government
listings or other newspaper ads.  Some companies that claim to
offer refunds insist that clients follow rigid requirements to
quality.  Any deviation could be used as an excuse to deny a
refund.  Remember, no employment service can guarantee a job.  The
Better Business Bureau's experience shows a pattern of complaints
alleging the firm's claim to have access to confidential
employment opportunities when, in fact, lists were compiled from
readily available sources.

On the T.V. program "Current Affair" that aired on March 15, 1993,
several employees that worked for different employment opportunity
companies in the State were interviewed, one employee said that
out of approximately 4,000 applications, only 2 or 3 actually got

Should you be interested in working in any country overseas - get
in touch with the Embassy of that country.  Usually the Consulate
General will tell what you need to know , such as work permits,
etc., before putting out any money.

In the most recent advertising the Australian High Commission
again urges Canadians not to fall for the advertisers' claims. 
Realistic and free information about migration to Australia can be
obtained from the Australian Consulate General in Toronto.

For further information about individual companies please call the
Better Business Bureau at 386-6348 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or
Fax 386-2367.