The Scamdex Scam Email Archive - Employment/Job o

Subject:  Scamdex, Internet Scambusters Newsletter #282, 5-7-08
From:  "ScamBusters Editors" <>
Date:  Wed, 07 May 2008 01:02:42 -0700

A Scam Email with the Subject "Scamdex, Internet Scambusters Newsletter #282, 5-7-08" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 07 May 2008 01:02:42 -0700 and has been classified as a Employment/Job Scam. The sender was "ScamBusters Editors" <>, although it may have been spoofed.


Internet Scambusters (tm)
The #1 Publication on Internet Fraud

By Scambusters Audri, Jim and Pete
Issue #282  May 7, 2008


Note 1: Easily change your subscription information by
clicking the link at the very bottom of this newsletter.

Note 2: Please share this newsletter with 3 or 4 of your
friends or colleagues who you think will benefit from it.

Hi Scamdex,

Today's issue offers 7 tips to avoid scam contractors. 
Although most building contractors, plumbers, electricians and
roofers are ethical people who perform quality work, there ARE
thousands of scammers roaming the country in search of a quick

Since most of us don't have degrees in engineering -- or
experience in the building trades -- it's easy to get ripped
off by seemingly sincere building contractors.

Below are 7 tips to make sure you're never victimized by
"rent-a-creep" schemes.

First though, we suggest you check out this week's issue of
Scamlines -- What's New in Scams? -- here.

Next, we recommend you check out the most popular
articles from our other sites during the past week:

4 Things That Are Sure To Put You In The Identity Theft Victim's Seat

The Enthusiast's Guide to Photo Galleries

Tornado Season is Upon Us -- Are You Prepared?

Is Your Dog Getting The Best Dog Food?

On to today's main topic...

Contractor Scams: How to Avoid "Rent-a-Creep" Schemes

Every summer, Scambuster Pete is approached by contractor
scammers three or four times. After answering a knock at the
door, a young man tells Pete that he's just finished paving a
neighbor's driveway, but has materials left over.

"I'll offer you a big discount if you'll let us repave your
driveway, too. I just need a cash deposit, and we'll be right

Sound familiar?

If so, you already know about ONE classic contractor scam. 
However, even if this doesn't sound familiar, we'll show you 7
ways that contractor scammers try to steal your money -- and 7
ways to foil them.

Contractor Scam #1. Your roof is about to cave in! 
Scare tactics are a favorite of scam artists, especially when
they approach seniors.

Sometimes, they'll drop by your house and offer a "free"
estimate to assess "problems" with your roof, siding, driveway, etc.

Naturally, the scammer ALWAYS finds something wrong, and then
uses inferior materials to "repair" the problem while charging
you a big fee.

Tip: We can't stress this enough: Always get at least two
estimates for any "damage" to your home, and always consult
friends, family or neighbors to learn the names of contractors
they've used in the past -- ones they were satisfied with.

Contractor Scam #2. Instant Estimates. 
The typical scammer will "assess" problems at your home, and
offer a verbal "quote" on how much these problems will cost to fix.

Please note: verbal quotes are NOT legally binding.

If the contractor later charges twice his estimate -- or
damages your property during the "repair" process -- it's
doubtful you could successfully sue him.

Tip: Legitimate contractors are certified, insured and/or
bonded by the state and/or town where you live. What's more:
they offer WRITTEN estimates for you to inspect (and often
sign) before work commences.

Contractor Scam #3. Door-to-Door Salesmen. 
Like the plague, avoid door-to-door salesmen who claim they
just happened to be in the neighborhood because they were doing
work for someone nearby -- especially if they claim they have
materials left over from the last job.

If a contractor has really brought materials from another job,
he is likely cheating his previous customer out of the
materials they purchased.

Tip: Honest contractors earn most of their business through
referrals from satisfied customers. They don't need to travel
door-to-door to find business.

Contractor Scam #4. Intentional Damage. 
Let's say your area just experienced a severe storm. In the
midst of the storm (during the middle of the night) the scammer
might just tear a few pieces of vinyl siding from your house,
and then -- miracle of miracles -- appear the next day with a
sweet deal to repair that damage.

He might also suggest that if, say, additional damage occurs
during the repair process, you can charge it to your insurance

Nobody gets hurt, right?

Tip: Wrong! Insurance companies have claims investigators who
specialize in fraud. They even have lists of suspected
scammers, so if you hire a suspected scammer, the investigator
will REALLY be on guard. Scambuster Pete knows an investigator
who's cracked more cases than Sherlock Holmes. Don't EVER
commit insurance fraud.

Contractor Scam #5. Cash Only. 
This scenario is easy and common: the contractor tells you he
requires that you pay in cash.

Tip: NEVER agree to a cash-only deal. Let's face it: if
someone asks for cash only, you almost certainly know you're
NOT dealing with a reputable contractor. Chances are, you'll
never see this person again after giving him your hard-earned cash.

Contractor Scam # 6. Pay Upfront. 
Again, this is easy. If you pay upfront, you may never see this
"contractor" again.

Tip: No reputable contractor will ask for most -- or all -- of
his payment immediately. In fact, most legitimate contractors
only bill AFTER the job is done to your satisfaction. If
someone asks for a large upfront payment -- run!

Contractor Scam # 7. Referral Schemes. 
Some scammers will offer you a substantial "discount" if you
promise to refer other customers or let them show off your home
as a "model" or "demonstration" project.

Tip: At best, this is a marketing gimmick. At worst, it's an
outright scam, because the "discount" is usually not a discount
at all. If you'd just shopped around, you would have
discovered that a reputable contractor's "full price" was
better than the scammer's so-called discount.

We realize that some Scambusters' readers are veteran
homeowners, who know most of this stuff -- and hopefully, they
haven't learned it the hard way. But we also realize that
there are homebuyers who can benefit from this advice.

Either way, be cautious before hiring somebody to remodel or
repair your house. Get two or three estimates and -- AGAIN --
consult with friends, family and neighbors for the names of
honest and reliable contractors and tradesmen in your area.

You can find more information on home improvement and
contractor scams here.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also offers tips entitled
"After a Disaster: Repairing Your Home," which you can find here.

Though the FTC document is "pegged" to disaster repairs, their
advice also works for anyone who has common home repairs that
need to be made.

Time to close -- we're off to take a walk. See you next week.

- Please Check Out These Offers - They Keep Scambusters Free -
- - - - - We Highly Recommend All of These Products - - - - -

Home Business Secrets - Here's a Funny Way To Make a Living

If you're serious about making money in a respectable, honest,
in-demand home-based business that's easy to run with almost
zero overhead, then listen to this: There's big money in funny.

It's a fact. There are thousands of people in your area who
will happily pay you big bucks to make them laugh. And anyone
can do it. You don't have to be a comedian to be successful.

The income from this little-known, home-based business can be
huge. You can start in an instant and work when you feel like
it. But the best part is, there's practically zero overhead,
so almost every dime you make is pure profit. Get the full
story now at:


Practically Everything You Wanted To Know About Chocolate...
But Didn't Know Who To Ask!

The feedback we've been getting about our chocolate book has
been perhaps the best response we've ever gotten on any of our

Here is just one of the comments from one of our readers:

 "What a 'sweet' easy read! I read Chocolate, Chocolate, and
 More Chocolate from beginning to end the moment I
 downloaded it. I love it. As a confirmed 'chocoholic,' I
 can now show all those skeptics that I have good reasons to
 love and worship this heavenly food.

 "Being my family's designated dessert supplier has just
 gotten a whole lot easier with the many mouthwatering
 recipes to choose from. The Chocolate Pecan Pie will
 definitely be my new 'favorite.' Entertaining and
 informative... the perfect setting for the perfect
 treat..... Chocolate!"
 -- Yvonne Finn,, Toronto, Canada

Discover at least 7 new ways to enjoy chocolate even more --
or your money back!

To deeply satisfy your passion for chocolate -- and save 50%
on our Introductory Special Offer, visit:


Become the Person Everyone Admires in 31 Days or Less

Successful people are confident -- in themselves, their
abilities, their value to others.

In fact, self-confidence is a large part of their success.
They know they can get just about anything they want just by
believing in themselves. And that confidence has a powerful
influence on the people they meet.

You, too, can develop the kind of confidence that commands
respect, makes people listen and demands admiration. And you
can do it in 31 days or less -- even if you're afraid to say
"hello" to your dog. Discover how to unlock your secret to
supreme self-confidence at:



About Internet Scambusters - Administrivia

Copyright (c) Audri and Jim Lanford.
All rights reserved.

To subscribe, visit:

To remove yourself or change address options visit:

(you might have to copy and paste it into your browser)
This will take you off the Scambusters list.

To send us feedback, do NOT click 'Reply.' Instead, please use
our Feedback Form located at:

The information we have on file is:
Your name: Scamdex
Your email:

Please do not send vacation notices or other autoresponders
to us. This may take you off the Scambusters list.

Scambusters is a public service from Jim and Audri Lanford.
Since Scambusters is a public service and we receive thousands
of emails, we cannot answer individual emails.

For more about our privacy and legal policy, see

Lanford Inc.
197 New Market Center, #115
Boone, NC 28607

To unsubscribe or change subscriber options visit:

Since you’re here …
we have a small favour to ask. More people are visting Scamdex and Scamalot than ever but advertising revenues are falling fast and we have no 'product' to sell. And unlike many informational websites, we haven’t put up a paywall or membership barrier – we want to keep our site as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Scamdex/Scamalot websites takes a lot of time, money and hard work to keep running. We do this because we hate to see our fellow humans getting scammed out of their hard-earned money by low-lives.
Consider switching off your AdBlocker (if you use one) or contributing directly by one of the links below. Thank you for reading!
fro 2016 to 2018 2016 2017 2018
fro 2016 to 2018 2016 2017 2018