Cat Burglar, Identity Thief, or Worse? (how to verify the Roof salesman and the company)
The residential roofing industry is full of felons, alcoholics, gambling addicts, drug abusers and illegal immigrants. Why? It is considered to be a quick-money industry and is based almost entirely on subcontract labor. This means that the companies the salesmen represent are not liable for the salespeople’s actions. Turnover for subcontractors is so frequent that the cost of doing background checks and drug tests for each of them would be sky high. Also, background checks and drug tests aren’t required by law, so companies generally don’t run them.
An Identity Fraud Report published by Javelin Strategy and Research in 2012 points out that 11.6 million people in the U.S. are identity fraud victims each year. That’s roughly 4% of the population, which doesn’t seem that scary, does it? Let me put it into perspective: 4% boils down to 1 out of every 25 people (including children). If the national average household size is 2.5 people, then every 10th house in your neighborhood is earmarked to be a victim. Tomorrow when you are out driving, count the houses on your street. Which one of your neighbors will get screwed this year or will it be you……….