Everyday, somewhere in the country, hundreds of people make the mistake of giving a contractor money up front. This doesn't just apply to the fence industry. This continuous problem can be prevented and most of these thieves never end up behind bars.
UNFORTUNATELY, MOST CONTRACTORS DO NOT END UP BEHIND BARS. UNFORTUNATELY, MOST VICTIMS NEVER SEE THEIR MONEY AGAIN.
Triangle Fence Company is the third fence company in the last YEAR to have been caught up in keeping people's deposits and not delivering the products or services. Triangle Fence Company kept a client's nearly $8,500 deposit. Diane Wilson of ABC news confronted Triangle Fence Company who made excuses like every other fence company who gets caught. Triangle Fence did not even give Diane Wilson a partial payment towards the money they owed.
Once you give a company a deposit check, you have made the first mistake that you could possibly make towards years of aggravation and frustration. Triangle Fence has a "SATISFACTION GUARANTEE" that is worthless.
AN UPDATE TO THE STORY. AFTER MORE THAN A FULL YEAR, TRIANGLE FENCE COMPANY RETURNED 75% OF THE MONEY TO THE HOMEOWNER. STILL WANT TO HIRE THEM?
This can be prevented. Our company revolutionized the fence industry with our implementation of our "NO MONEY DOWN" program. You do not pay us a single penny until the materials are at your house. Other reputable companies in the industry adopted similar policies in an effort to compete with us. Many fence companies cannot afford to front the money for materials, which is why they seek a deposit check. Unfortunately, many contractors are also playing the debt game. They are getting a deposit check from the next job to cover expenses from previous jobs. It is almost like a ponzi scheme. Eventually it catches up with them. Rarely do they end up in jail or behind bars, because from a legal stand point, they classify this theft as a CIVIL matter. Either way, it is impossible to recover money from someone that does not have any. Why put your family and finances in a terrible position? Can you really afford to pay for a fence after you have already been ripped off for $1,000 or $2,000? Several fence companies in the Raleigh area have closed their doors after stealing tens of thousands of dollars from potential customers and did NOT end up behind bars..
Today's headline in Jacksonville, Florida reads:
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Out of all the companies that came to his house to give an estimate on a new fence, Mike Costlow says First Coast Fencing offered the best deal.
"I was convinced, so I gave them the check for half the materials," says Costlow.
It was a check for $2,000 and that was the last time he would ever see anyone from First Coast Fencing. But Costlow was far from the only one victim.