How to Avoid Service Scams

Whether you need assistance moving from one house to another, or require a contractor to do some work on your home, the cost of being scammed by a fraudulent service provider can be astronomical, and is something we all want to avoid at all costs.

Here are a few ways to vet the quality of the service provider, ensuring you really get what you pay for:

  1. Do a Google search for the company name or individuals name before hiring them. If there are any Google or social media reviews, read as many as you can to get a good idea of what you would be getting.
  2. Ask family and friends for recommendations. If someone you know and trust has had a good experience with this service provider, there is a high likelihood that you will too.
  3. Get more than one cost estimate. If one service provider is far below the others, it is most likely too good to be true.
  4. Make sure you get a written and signed contract outlining every detail of the transaction including the cost, the work they are offering, what happens if they do not do the work to your standards or do not complete the work, and any insurance details (for services like moving companies).
  5. Never give a deposit for a service without a legal, signed contract in place first. You do not want a service provider to run away with your money before they have even started the work.
  6. Be sure to ask about any hidden costs not outlined in the cost estimate, and read all the fine print in any contract before signing.
  7. Look for markers of an established business, as one without any history to be found online may be a non-reputable business that has simply changed its name to avoid bad reviews.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to safely find the right service provider for the job! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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