In this economic climate, it is easy to fall victim to deals that may otherwise seem 'too good to be true.' More importantly, it is the same economic climate that brings out some of the worst people looking for a quick buck by taking advantage of unsuspecting victims.
There are a lot of unsavory characters out there who are willing to promise you a service in exchange for a fee, but are actually just trying to pull a fast one. Regardless of whether it is a person who claims to be a website developer, graphic designer,Sales Person or offers any service for that matter, there are a number of ways you can protect yourself.'
The best way to verify that a person is not only legitimate, but qualified to do the job they are charged with, is to check their references. Someone who takes pride in their work will not only be able to offer references but also a way for you to back them up.
The first sign of someone who is not honest or legitimate is their inability to produce valid references. These people typically speak vaguely about their history and though they tell a good story, are never willing to give up details.
Another way to check the legitimacy of an individual providing a service is to check to see if that individual has a website or if there is any reference to them on the Internet. Nearly all service providers can be traced in some way online.
If a guy walks in off the street and says that he is the best at what he does, there must be a record of that individual somewhere out there. It is important to locate that person's history and conduct a background check of some sort, particularly if the history is short.
Whether hiring someone to perform a service, or even hiring a full time employee, it is imperative that you do your homework.
These people exist and they are the type of people that give service providers with ethical standards a bad name. Do your homework so that you too do not become a victim.
I know we all heard it before but it if it sounds to good to be true then it most likely is. Con Artist prey on vulnerability of what you want. They make you believe you need them. Remember there is a fine line between a great sales person and a great con artist.