Consumer fraud has been around for a long time and is quite common. In a typical consumer scam, the customer is sold a product or service that does not live up to what was promised. This type of fraud is found quite often with trades companies such as mechanics, roofers, plumbers, and the like. It will sound like you are getting a good deal, but in the end the work is either done to a poor standard or is left unfinished.

 

How can you protect yourself against consumer fraud? Here are some tips and things to keep in mind.

 

Always do research on a company before agreeing to hire them. Check with the Better Business Bureau, and see if the company has a good reputation. You can also research the company on the internet and see what sort of experience other consumers have had with them. There are many websites that track customer reviews, even Facebook and Google.


Ask your family and friends about the company, and if the price they are offering for the work seems fair. Any quote that is too high or too low could be a warning sign of a scam. It is always a good idea to ask friends or family for recommendations of company's they have used in the past and had success with. Take your time choosing a company or buying a product, there is no reason to rush.


If a sales person says it is a limited time offer, step back, it could be a sign of a scam. Scammers will rush sales so that you don’t have time to research their company or hear the truth about their product.

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