August 27 2012 I noticed a competitor using Fake Home Improvement numbers on Angies List. I got curious and checked the Marylands State business charter, to my surprise they were Not In Good Standing and their business license was Forfeited as well as not being a Home Improvement Contractor, required by Md. State Law for the work they perform.
I took screen shots of this information and sent them to Angies List Trade Licensing.
You would think that a company blatantly using Fraudulent &Deceitful licensing information would be grounds for instant removal from their paid membership review site well youd be wrong!
Not only did they not remove this company for Blatantly Fraudulent & Deceitful practice, but they rewarded them with their
Convenient 2012 Super Service Award!
There by delivering more traffic to this companies Big Deal which Angies List makes 25% off of the sale. [continued below]....
..... Pretty Outrageous and not quite what paying members would expect?
Yes they did request the service provider to provide their licensing information, but gave them 4 MONTHS to do so, and all this company has to do is show is intent that they are working on it to get an extension! and extension! and extension!Following is the email sent to me after Ive hounded them for months over this.
From: Ben M. on behalf of TradeLicensing
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2012 9:12 AM
To: Jason N.l Account Rep
Subject: RE: How long will American Tub & Tile have to keep advertising?
American Tub & Tile has till 1/20/2013 provided we dont give them an extension should they show an intent that they are working on it.
Sincerely, Ben M. Angies List Trade Licensing (email@example.com)
Meanwhile Paying Angies List Members are being EXPOSED to a completely unlicensed company operating illegally showing deceitful and fraudulent behavior.
As well youd better hope an employee of theirs does not get hurt on your property, should they not have Workmans Comp means, you the homeowner will be sued and responsible for any injuries.
Angies List advertises that no company can pay to be on Angies List for reviews you can trust. But what you dont know is they collect paid membership from you and then have multiple streams to collect revenue from the contractors who are on the list.
Charge us 25% of the sale for any BIG DEAL offers.
Charge us for top placement.
Charge us for placement in their monthly magazine.
Charge us for a Store Front on their Web Site.
Charge us for mailing campaigns.
Charge us to be found by keyword.
Believe me Angies List is working both sides of this street.