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'Find A Tradesman' scams
« on: Monday, 29 January, 2018 @ 13:07:09 »
Rated People and MyBuilder website profiles cause concern

Fraudulent tradespeople can advertise their services on two trusted trade websites without any experience, a BBC Inside Out investigation has found.

After setting up a website and email address, a reporter gained a handyman profile on Rated People and MyBuilder.

He was also able to pretend to be one of his customers and submitted glowing reviews for extra credibility.

While several similar sites required a face-to-face meeting, references or proof of public liability insurance, the reporter was able to start advertising as a handyman on the two websites with relative ease.

Rated People did not ask for references, insurance or request any quality checks and MyBuilder's property maintenance questionnaire was passed by searching the internet for the correct answers.