Unlicensed, unregistered, unconcerned about the law, there are buisnesses out there that will take your money without providing the services they promised.
Until now, it may have been a bit cumbersome to protect yourself.
The Department of Revenue and other state agencies today launched a Web site that compiles the answers to your concerns.
Along with Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proclamation of March 1-7 as Washington State Consumer Protection Week, the state has opened www.suspectfraud.com, which offers consumers a single point of access to assistance and reporting.
Is that roofer, that plumber, that electrician licensed? Does that charity actually give money to non-profit purposes? Is the mortgage broker overseen by state scrutiny? Has that business paid its taxes?
If you’ve got a question about professional services, or if you’d like to report suspected fraud, click here.
There’s also a link to a site where you can fess up and pay your own back businesses taxes.