So you find an ad on craigslist or in a newspaper saying that there are Security Guard Positions opened to be filled immediately. They pay anywhere from $8.25 to $28.00 an hour and no experience is required you do not even need your G.E.D or High School diploma. So you call and schedule an interview. Someone picks up asking you some basic questions. Once you finish talking they tell you that you are a perfect candidate for this position. All you need is to bring an $80-$100 deposit and come professional. So you go to the interview and all of a sudden you have to take all these classes in order to work and have to pay anywhere from $230 to $1100 dollars to fully qualify. But the person interviewing you tells you that you will make the money back in no time. So you pay your fees and take all your classes. They tell you that you have to pay in full to work or get placed. Once it is time for you to work someone from that company that you put all your time an effort into sends you somewhere that is not even hiring. So you go to another security company and they tell you all that none of your certifications count and the majority is not even required.
This above scenario is a popular Security School Scam routine being practiced all over New York City. Ads on craigslist similar to the ones below are perfect examples.
Corporate Security Guards Needed
Security Guards Needed ASAP! - (NYC)
IMMEDIATE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR NYC GUARDS - (Financial District)
UNEMPLOYED? BECOME A NEW YORK STATE CORPORATE SECURITY GUARD!!! - (ALL BOROUGHS)
SECURITY OFFICERS NEEDED EXCELLENT PAY
NEED SECURITY GUARDS TO WORK BY NEXT WEEK- (INTERVIEWS BEING HELD ALL WEEKEND)
Once you call them they tell you about an enrollment fee and once you get there they claim you have to pay this ridiculous amount of money for 8hr pre assessment course , 16hr OJT (on the job training) course , Fire guard class and/or a bunch or other fictitious or unnecessary courses. If you want to become a security guard in New York State all you need is the 8 hr pre assessment course this according to the New State Website http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/ops/sgtraining/index.htm. Once you are hire by the Security Company not some security school you do the 16hr OJT (on the job training) course. That is the reason it is called on the job training. All the material for the Fire Guard test can be found at http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/c_of_f/coff.shtml. You go to your fire department and take the test for $25 and that is it. Anything else you need the security company would not have a problem providing it for you. In fact most security companies would make you take the class over anyway so it is completely pointless to pay for classes like Anti-Terrorism, loss prevention and whatever else these security schools make up.
Another thing they like to do is make you pay in addition to your enrollment fee you have to pay an administrative fee and a fee to register with the company. The whole point of working as a security guard is to get paid not pay a bunch of unnecessary and bogus fees to some security school. And no law requires anyone register with some security school to be a security guard. When you are in the interview your representative will talk fast and leave no room for questioning very much like salesman. They will even pretend to have interest in you. Once you pay them you are no longer of interest.
At 1st Security Preparation & Placement, Inc you pay all this money based on misrepresentation of the facts. They claim the more courses you have the more money you start off with. The security companies control your pay and it is based on your experience. Once you are done with their vastly overcharged program they give you a certification made on a piece of paper in which anyone can make themselves on any word editor. According to the state website This certificate must accompany the security guard's registration application when submitted to the Department of State. http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/ops/sgtraining/sgpcourses.htm. They never mention any about this. So once you have your worthless certificate you go to a security company (one that is actually hiring) and they tell you that you have to take everything over. Every application for a security position asks for your registration number and unfortunately worthless certificates do not come with state registration numbers.
It is highly recommended that if you want to be a security guard do all you're training and licensing through the security company not a security school. If you have to go to a security school you only need the 8-Hour Pre-assignment Training Course (about 40 dollars) the 16 hour is the on the job training you get once you get hired. All the information is on the state website anything stated otherwise or is said in way to mislead you is a lie and is fraudulent. If you were a victim of this scam post your story to help stop this fraudulent practice.