No matter what business you are in, there will always be scams and scammers who spend every waking moment trying to come up with new ways to fool you. Here is yet another interesting craigslist scam that lawn care business owners need to be wary of, as shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
One business owner wrote “recently I posted on Craigslist to find some new lawn care customers. Being new to the whole craigslist thing I thought I was pretty smart to scams. I was contacted by a ‘company’…’looking for handymen’, offering to give me bank owned property work. I had to of course pay for a background check $99.00. So I thought that was reasonable and paid the fee to have a background check done on me.
After waiting a bit to hear back from them, I called to find what the status was. As you might guess, no work so far. They told me after being paid that they were backed-up by 7 months. So I am currently disputing that payment with my credit card company.
I did some quick research before calling, but could not find anything good or bad about the company. With s little more investigating, I found the same company using a slightly different name via an online complaint site. On that site I read similar issues like mine and of course there were a few that replied the company was great.
The company claims the $99.00 is to pay for a background check that is ‘required’ to work on the properties. Strangely enough, they did not request any kind of licenses or proof of insurance. I am thinking this is all a big scam because when I called they claimed a 7 month backlog in my area.
After a month of not even one email or phone call for work, my phone calls to the support number now go directly to a voice mail and emails get an auto response to check the website faq’s as to the reason the contractor may not be getting work orders, of which none apply to me.
Here is the original email I received with limited retraction:
Responding to your ad on Craigslist.
looking for skilled handymen and tradesmen
that would be able to work on bank owned and residential properties.
Please have transportation and tools to where you can do minor repairs on homes.
$200-$600 per work order
“work order” = 2-5 hours worth of work.
I’d suggest to other landscape business owners to be wary any time you are looking for work and some salesman promises you more jobs if only you pay a fee to do what ever it is they need you to do first. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
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