Approved Builders Telford: The staff who monitor our phone lines here at the Approved Trader Directory often receive calls from unhappy consumers who have just been scammed. The trader they employed and paid to carry out home improvements on their property has disappeared with their money and can’t be traced. The mobile phone isn’t answering, the business address was fake, the flyer claiming membership of trade associations was misleading and untrue. They are wondering what they can do to get their money back, and get their job done.
Our first answer to any victim of a scammer is – go to the police!
We can’t get your money back if you have been scammed by a criminal, but we can give you advice to avoid getting into this situation ever again: don’t ever again let yourself be pressurised into parting with your money until you are absolutely satisfied that the trader touting for your business is a genuine trader. Even if the person at your door is telling you that your house will fall down within the next twenty four hours unless you get it fixed, hold on to your purse strings and check the business out first.
One way of ensuring that your trader is a legitimate is to see if we have a listing for that business or individual. Checking won’t cost you a penny and is quick and easy to do. Just call us at our freephone number 0800 888 6667, or visit our website.
If the trader is listed, then you will know that the business is above board, because our promise is that we will not list any trader who has not been screened by us. Our screening process establishes the credentials of a trader, proves that the business is genuine, is licensed and insured, and is financially healthy.
If the trader isn’t listed, then invite that business to register with us before you employ them to do any work for you. It won’t cost them much – just £7 a month – and once listed, you can employ them with confidence.