Professional Carpet Cleaning Services Scam
Professional Carpet Cleaning Services Fraud: How It Works
(with video below) The top rated carpet cleaning companies out there will never lure you in with a hook. Beware of the Professional Carpet Cleaning Services scam. Let's take a look.
There is a time when we all have to clean our carpets. You come across an ad that promises a great deal for less money than all the other ones. Most likely, you may find a "Carpet Cleaning" coupon for $9.99 per room, or any other price under that amount ($24.99 for three rooms). You call the company, and they come to do the work, but the surprise comes at the end. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see in action the Professional Carpet Cleaning Services scam, exposed:
The surprise comes when you read the invoice, a great deal more than you were promised in the ad. The scammers have added charges such as: "preconditioning," "dual process treatment", or "higher traffic area fee." If you have a pet, they have added another "necessary pretreatment fee."
They will make you believe that your carpet would be ruined if they had not applied all of the above. If you try to argue, they will say that the advertised price didn't include the chemicals "your carpet obviously needed." Or, some of the other phrases that questionable technicians love to use and add on your bill are: "spot treatment,"deodorizing", or "steam cleaning wouldn't work without preconditioning."
All the terms listed above should be included in the service anyhow, to have an effective cleaning. Scammers do not list these things on their $9.99 coupon, but charge victims hundreds of dollars for unnecessary work.
Professional Carpet Cleaning Services Fraud: How To Avoid
Always ask for a detailed pre-work invoice/ estimate and tell them no extras are needed.
This scam is a trick known as 'Bait and Switch' scheme. A small price is advertised, but an entirely different service and price are requested once you're hooked.
Always do some research online when you're about to hire a cheap local technician for your air duct cleaning. Read reviews – if it's a reputable business, it shouldn't be hard to figure out the quality of work. On the other hand, don't be shy to ask the technician for his business license. Tell the contractor over the phone to bring it over when they come.
Professional Carpet Cleaning Services Fraud: How To Report
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