Ways to Verify a Company’s Legitimacy
With home repairs and yard clean up in full swing after Hurricane Sally homeowners need to take extra caution when hiring help. Fraud is occurring in our communities after the storm and this results in loss to homeowners. Here are some ways to verify if a company is an established company you can trust a company or one you should avoid them at all costs.
Check The Company’s Website
Do a search on the WHOIS database to check the domain name registrant information and sometimes confirm a business address and contact name. It will also provide you with useful information like when the domain name was registered so you can understand how long the website has been running. If the website has only recently been registered or the registrant information is protected, this could be a sign that the company is not genuine.
Check the Alabama Business Entity Search
The simplest way to search for business names in Alabama includes doing a business entity search. Through the Alabama Government Records Inquiry System, you can easily search for entities by name, number, or even date.
Check The Alabama Better Business Bureau
Check the Alabama Business Bureau to verify whether a particular company maintains a current registration. Businesses – limited liability companies, partnerships, and corporations – are chartered in the state in which they operate. You will be able to see the company address, phone number, date the business started, BBB Rating, customer reviews, and customer complaints if any.