BOTTOM DOLLAR. The FTC continues its crackdown on con artists who prey on unemployed Americans by promising to help them get jobs in the federal government, as movie extras, or as mystery shoppers; or make money working from their homes stuffing envelopes or assembling crafts and ornaments. David Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, and Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray announced the law enforcement sweep “Operation Bottom Dollar,” against these scams. The sweep includes seven FTC cases, 43 criminal actions by the Department of Justice, a civil action by the Postal Inspection Service and 18 actions by state attorneys general. The FTC also partnered with Monster.com, the search engine Bing, and Craigslist to post FTC tips that help job seekers recognize and avoid job scams. Read the press release.