Contractor Scams: How To Avoid Getting Ripped OffEye Spy Blog 1
Were you ripped off by a bad contractor? Due to the fact that contractor Scams are on the rise, we handle these types of cases on a daily basis. If you’re left with shoddy work, or a contractor who took your money and ran, or a subcontractor who never even showed up, Eye Spy can help.
No one sets out to hire a bad contractor. And yet, homeowners in the midst of remodeling, building projects or renovations do it every day. Whether you neglected to do your research on a contractor before hiring, or even if you vetted every candidate — bad things can happen.
Unskilled workers slap together a poor job, you pay for amenities that never get installed, the work is subpar or maybe the independent contractor disappears altogether.
Contractor scams are very common. Every day we hear about contractors who offers to work on your home Maybe he says he can do the work cheaply because of “leftover” materials from a previous job. Once paid, he does a poor or incomplete job, if he even shows up!
Con-Artists: Common Targets in Contractor Scams
Just about everyone is target. Common targets include women, people who live alone and those who need to supplement their income. The elderly tend to be the easiest prey. In fact, three-fourths of victims are senior citizens who, because they may be lonely or vulnerable, are open to such crooks.
Often we’re called in to locate a con artist who has absconded with a couple’s nest egg.
The easiest way to protect your pocket? Protect your home. About seventy percent of the elderly have homes in need of a handyman, which is just the recipe for a con artist working a house repair angle.
Contractor Scams: Collecting On a Judgment
We can also look into their assets if you decide to take them to court. If needed, our team can legally attach a GPS device to their vehicle and find out how many other people they are ripping off. This information is very useful in court.
Contractor Scams: Avoid Getting Ripped Off in The Future
How does a homeowner ensure that they don’t get ripped off during a construction project? Rather than taking a chance, you should have Eye Spy conduct a full background and criminal report on them. Our in depth reports range between 25-150 pages long. We can tell you if this contractor has any liens or bankruptcies, which are red flags.
Contractor Scams: Tips
- Conduct a Background check before signing a contract or investing money.
- Don’t give cash to strangers.
- Don’t let anyone rush you into a decision
- Never discuss your personal finances with strangers
- Be wary of phone and email requests to verify your credit card or checking account numbers.
- Email: never click on links or attachments from questionable or unknown senders. Research programs on Google or Yahoo before you install them, to make sure they are reputable.
Consequently, these background and criminal checks are 100% confidential and completely legal. The person will NOT be contacted or alerted. The only way that they will know that you conducted a report, is if you tell them.
In conclusion, if you are looking to conduct a Background or criminal check and have a few questions, please do not hesitate to call or go online and talk to one of our private investigators on our 24/7 live chat. Call the Michigan Private Investigators at Eye Spy Detective Agency today at (586) 285 – 5000. For more information visit our website at www.EyeSpyInvestigations.com
They can run but they cant hide from Eye Spy.