Lawn Care Services Scam: How It Works
(with video below) Several legitimate companies do great work but be aware of the Lawn Care Services scam going on these days. Let's look into it.
Maintaining your yard can be a very labour intensive and time-consuming job. Let's say you decide to pay someone else to do the hard work for you, freeing up time for yourself. When a flyer promoting a free quote lands in your mailbox you can't be happier. You call the company and they agree to come and give you a quote for fertilizing. You are excited about it, but bad new is about to happen. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see the Lawn Care Services scam exposed:
On the day you're supposed to have them come and inspect the perimeter, you return home to a sign posted on your lawn, detailing a job that has already been done. Wait a minute! You never agreed to have any services provided for your lawn – but a quote!
When you call the company in question to inquire about the services, you're told that you agreed to the services provided. If you disagree, they will try to convince you that by just saying "yes" to them you have "signed" a verbal contract.
Let's say you are a tough cookie and don't take this kind of nonsense. You are unflinching and say you won't pay them. Little do you know that they will continue to send over their employees to perform more work such as putting fertilizer on when you are away from home, even trespassing! That's even if your grass looks great before their arrival. You will keep receiving more invoices and your bill will increase over time.
Of course, you still refuse to pay and – as the phone conversations don't go anywhere – they will report you to the collections agency. Several victims reported to received calls from these organizations even when was too late.
These companies can pull off this scam without consequences by using fear tactics on the customer. You will repeatedly be told that you saying "Yes" to any of their questions is a verbal contract you are signing with the company. They will threaten to use the recorded conversations between yourself and the agency to collect their payments. The idea of a hit on his credit score makes the customer eventually pay out of fear.
These companies will not allow you to default your supposed debt to them. It will be a tough journey to get the company to drop your account, so the best method to avoid this scam is to learn how it works and how it can be prevented.
Lawn Maintenance Services Scam: How To Avoid
This is a hard scam to avoid, as many local and national companies may apply this method. Always do your research into the particular company you contract to do your work.
You should look into any reviews or comments about the company online. Search for the best lawn care companies on the local level. If the company you are looking into has pulled this scam before, there is a chance it will show up online.
When talking to a representative from a company over the phone, avoid agreeing to any work unless of course you are ready to purchase. The questions may be asked in a way that will trick you into saying yes for a service, so remember to think of your reply before responding to a question.
Avoid working with such companies in the first place or pay close attention during phone calls.
Lawn Maintenance Services Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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