Beware of Phantom Vendors

consumer protection

Few weeks back, while I was visiting a local eatery, the owners told me they were meeting with a web design company so they can finally have a web site again. The last guy they hired took their money then disappeared.

Today, the owners told me that they where happy with the price that company quoted them but still ask them for a few days to think it over. That the company turned out to be a phantom vendor. They couldn’t get them on the phone and the address was fake. Good thing they didn’t get scammed again.

So, for all the business owners out there, before you hire anyone, check out if they are register to do business in your states. In Washington state, you can go to the Department of Licensing site to search for business licenses.

And as other situation in life, trust your instinct. I think that’s what saved my friend this time.