Redding contractors urged to watch out for business lead scams

February 17, 2012 by  

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Northeast California, which serves Redding and several other area communities, says it’s received dozens of complaints from area contractors about telephone and online job solicitations that turned out to be scams.

Building contractor William Chemielkski of Red Bluff, which is about a 30 minute drive from Redding, said he responded to a Craigslist ad from a company called Contractor Support Management. The BBB says the so-called firm also goes by All Crews Now, Contractor Support Management, Construction Crews and Commercial Crews.

Chemielkski paid $99 to cover the cost of a background check. The scam artists promised to provide job leads that included the restoration of foreclosed homes and other building projects that in reality were non-existent. Although the company offered general information it failed to provide tangible job leads, according to Chemielkski. Digital business cards may have given off the impression that the companies are legitimate.

Demanding an upfront fee should always been seen as a red flag, warns Gary Almond, BBB Northeastern California president. It’s important for consumers to thoroughly check out a company before doing business with it, particularly if the company requests money in advance of providing any services.

Free is another word to watch out for when dealing with prospective business opportunities. It may only mean that certain costs are hidden. The BBB says the website can provide helpful information about the credibility of businesses. If you decide to conduct business with a particular firm make sure to get any guarantees in writing.