It’s Okay to be (a little) Paranoid: Being Conscious of Service Scams

Hiring a service professional can be a difficult decision. Not only do you have to be comfortable with letting someone you never met fix a problem for you, but you have to trust that they don’t have some hidden motive. Unfortunately, there are service scams that can be used against unsuspecting customers. By being aware of the service scams that exist and hiring professionals from the right places, you can avoid service scams and have a positive experience with whoever you end up hiring.

Common Service Scams

You get a phone call, pop-up, or email informing you there is a problem with your computer

The scammers are hoping to gain access to your money, personal information, your files and data through your computer. Under the guise of helping fix your computer, the scammers will do one of the following:

  • Ask that you provide them with remote access to your computer, enabling them to access all of the information you have stored on it.
  • Try to enroll you in a computer maintenance program that is ultimately worthless and costs you money.
  • Install malware, giving them access to your computer and data like your passwords and user names.
  • Ask for your credit card information. They will then bill you for fake services that they never did.
  • Try to sell you repair services that are fake and not worth anything, or that can likely be found for free somewhere else.
  • Direct you to websites that ask for your credit card and/or bank account information so they can have access to your finances.

Government Grant Scams

Government grant scams and tech support scams are just two of the ways that people can falsely provide you with a service, when in reality they are just trying to gain access to your money or personal information. Both of these are service scams because they each can be perpetrated by people pretending to be service professionals. Anyone searching for a home repair professional or tech support professional could encounter one of these scams.

You hire someone to complete repairs, and instead they run off with your money

According to the Better Business Bureau, service scams like this one are on the rise.

Bait and Switch Plumbing Scam

But, if you search for service professionals in the right place, you can avoid the potential of getting scammed entirely!

Avoid Service Scams By Hiring On OneBook

By enabling scheduling, you know when to expect the professional to arrive at your home. All fees are determined up front, and payments are made directly through OneBook’s secure platform, eliminating any chance that you will be asked for more personal information than is needed for payment. You will never be asked by OneBook or any of the professionals we work with to provide access to your bank account login information.

Hiring on OneBook is the easy and hassle free way to hire service professionals from a variety of different industries. Check out the services our pros offer here!

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