Approved Builders Plymouth: Staff members at the Approved Trader Directory often receive calls from upset consumers informing us that the trader they have just employed to carry out home improvements on their property has walked off the job and they are nowhere to be traced.
When we talk with them we discover that they’ve called the mobile phone number they were given but their calls aren’t answered. So in desperation they go to the business address of the trader only to discover that the address is as false as the information on their website that claimed the trader was a certified member of a reputable trade association. All that classy information plastered on the side of their equally classy van was false too. With a sickening sense of dread the hapless consumer realises it was all an elaborate tissue of lies, designed to hoodwink the consumer into parting with their cash.
Their so-called trader has disappeared, and their cash may never be recovered.
Sound familiar? Even if you haven’t been caught out in this way yourself, chances are you know somebody who was scammed in this way. At the very least you will know that it’s a fact of modern day life.
How can consumers protect themselves from this kind of daylight robbery?
It can sometimes seem that as a consumer you have to take everything at face value, so that every time you employ a trader, you run the risk of losing your money to a fraudster. But that’s not the case. There are ways of protecting your resources and making a wiser decision.
The Approved Trader Directory was established as the first link in the chain of consumer protection. It’s a simple concept, but profound in its effect. We manage a directory of registered traders who have submitted to our checks that establish the trader’s identity, credit profile and certification. By choosing a trader from the Directory you can be assured the trader is a genuine trader who can be easily tracked down if anything goes wrong.