Knowledge is power...and safety
Is the person you're dealing with really who and what they say they are?
- A widow meets a “wonderful” man on a religion based dating site. He and she are texting every day. He’s busy working in Europe and so they never meet, and he’s never able to get to a web cam. She sends him more than $200,000 before she realizes he’s a fraud.
- A fencing contractor asks for a 50% deposit. When the homeowner balks he agrees to a $500 deposit and a contract is signed. He never shows up to do the job. The homeowner learns there are six other similar complaints about the contractor.
- An oncologist puts hundreds of patients through needless chemotherapy treatments in an effort to defraud insurance companies. The needless treatments result in bone deterioration and organ failure.
- A busy young executive meets someone who seems to share all his interests on Facebook. They quickly develop an intense online relationship. Frustration over never being able to meet leads to research that finds his “soul mate” is actually a troubled teenager pretending to be someone else.
- A driveway contractor explains to the homeowner that he has asphalt left over from another job in the area and can resurface a driveway for $750 in cash. The “asphalt” never dries and most of it washes away the next time it rains.
- A personal injury lawyer, who takes the cost of expenses off the top of any settlement, turns out to inflate his clients’ expenses and obtain kickbacks from a number of “experts” he uses, resulting in artificially lower payouts to his clients.
If you're dating online, hiring a contractor, or looking for a lawyer, doctor, or accountant, it's vital you check into the individual's background.
The OpenSource Agency, staffed by professional investigators experienced in conducting background checks on individuals, specializes in confirming online dating and social networking profiles, checking contractors' track records, and verifying the history of professionals.