Scam Ad Level 1
This person advertises to perform specialty services that are regulated by the State and typically does not know what is legally required to perform those trade services. He has limited experience with the trade and is no longer employed.
There are several reasons they may be unemployed, for example:
Scam Ad Level 2
This person has more experience in the trade and is either no longer employed or is working "side jobs". He knows the requirements to become legal, but doesn't want the liability or responsibility and isn't going to bother with all the red tape (or can't because he has a real job and doesn't want to be fired for doing side jobs). He has no respect...
Scam Ad Level 3
This person has had a business, a license, employees and it has failed. Usually the business license with the city and the State specialty license is expired. There could be a trail of unpaid suppliers and unanswered customers complaints.
He will operate as if nothing is wrong, knowing that he is illegal. He will risk his freedom and your property.
The only thing worse is...
Use ScamZam to Check if a Company Is Genuine
This site is designed to help consumers verify whether an online advertisement offering Specialty Services such as Electrical, Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Plumbing is legitimate or a Scam.
Even if someone says they're licensed in the ad doesn't mean it is so.
There are a lot of people advertising to perform highly specialized (and usually expensive) work, that are not licensed. In fact, whether they realize it or not, by simply advertising to perform these services without proper licensing is a crime in almost every state.
There are some impressive ads on Craigslist and the like. We see all the incredible things they offer, too.
We also see what is NOT LISTED, for example...
Air Conditioning ad... "EPA Certificate".
EPA certificates are required for handling most refrigerants. Every HVAC company must have a designated person with a State issued MASTER HVAC License. Anything less is not recognized and does not allow that business to operate as a HVAC company. The service technician working for that company is required to have an EPA Certificate in order to fulfill his duties to that business.
Electrical ad... "Journeyman Card".
Every Electrical company must have a designated person with a State issued MASTER ELECTRICIAN License. Anything less is not recognized and does not allow that business to operate as an ELECTRICIAN company. The technician working for that company may acquire a Journeyman status after fulfilling a period of time within that trade, but it is not the same as a Master License.
Plumbing ad... "25 Years of Experience".
Every Plumbing company must have a designated person with a State issued MASTER PLUMBER License. Anything less is not recognized and does not allow that business to operate as a PLUMBING company. Are you beginning to see a pattern.
Things to consider when reading ads.
Most legitimate companies are proud of their Licenses and are pleased to provide it when you call.
There is a minimum experience time requirement (usually 10 years or so) just to qualify for licensing.
They will gladly tell you how and where to verify their license information.
Real businesses have an office phone number, multiple cell phones and a fax number. Today, if you don't have a website, facebook or email, you won't be in business very long.
Use some common sense.
P.T. Barnum said "there is a sucker born every minute". Don't be that sucker. If the advertisement is sounding too good to be true, then it probably is.
Scams are design to appeal to your greed. Everyone wants a "Good Deal". You can easily become the prey in this arena.
Why take a chance?
If you want to avoid getting ripped off, check our database of ads from "companies" that we have spotted as being a fake, has been inquired about, or worse case, someone reported to us as having been ripped off by.
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Once you become a Registered User, you gain free access to our database including "Current Fake Company Ads". These are online ads that are running in your area right now. The list includes the Trade that is being advertised, in what city, the person's name and corresponding phone number derived through our research. There's also a Link for you to view the actual Ad.
We provide you the reason that makes it an obvious "Flag" for being a Scam Ad.