1) Type in company name + Scam on search engine
Eg. Kilpatrick & Hart Scam
2) Type in Name + Scam on search engine
Eg. Tom Hart Scam
3) Type in company name + Rip-Off
Eg. Kilpatrick & Hart Rip-Off
4) Do the same on Principal’s Name + Rip Off
Eg. Tom Hart Rip Off
5) Type in company name + Court Order
Eg. Kilpatrick & Hart Court Order
6) Don’t believe in BBB & D&B Rating – they are useless, they just hire a bunch of interns and calling people around for references, which can be manipulated easily.
7) No profiles on LinkedIn at all – it’s strange, but if you want to reach out, you want to have a good presence on LinkedIn
8) Don’t believe in references they give you on the website – they are their buddies sometimes
9) Call them, and offer to meet with them in person, if they want to charge upfront fee – they will usually run like a rat as they don’t even have a house or office to meet with you
10) Ask them business questions – scammers are smart in scamming people and have no idea how to analyze a business.
11) Ask them financial questions – scammers don’t know financials, they will just repeating themselves like presentations..etc.
12) Do they get agitated when they get cornered? They get cornered when you ask for personal references like where they had worked, customers, issue guarantee.
We tested a scammer with a business, and he keeps getting mixed up with the company name and their location, get so mad when we asked for reference.