• Stephen Warneke

The RIGHT Way to Hire a Tree-Trimmer & Avoiding Mystery Shopper Scams!


If it sounds too good to be true... IT PROBABLY IS!

You receive an official-looking overnight mailer at your office...

Inside there's a cashier's check for $2,950 along with a letter with instructions on what to do in order to complete the transaction. SWEET DEAL, RIGHT?!

WRONG!!!

The Steve Warneke Show got wind of this exact SCAM that had targeted an older, recently widowed woman in Fort Lauderdale.


Not only did they target a vulnerable person, but these scammers also used a big-time brand name with which to make their hoax seem legit... Whole Foods.


Steve, a former financial fraud detective, had seen this type of hoax before, and worse, saw the harm it could do first hand to victims.


FOR MORE DETAILS ON THIS STORY AND TIPS ON HOW TO NOT BECOME A VICTIM OF A SCAM LIKE THIS, READ OUR FULL ARTICLE HERE WITH DETAILS AND PROCESSES ON HOW TO REPORT THE HOAX.

Joe in Fort Lauderdale had a problem with a landscaper. And he wasn't the only one—Harry had also hired Beckford & Sons Tree Service to trim the trees on his property. Both men wrote about how their trees were trimmed perfectly for an affordable price... but then the landscapers JUST LEFT, leaving behind a pile of branches and palms as tall as they were!

Joe and Harry both contacted Beckford & Sons multiple times to have the trimmings removed, and while landscaper Brian said they'd be by to get them done, no one ever showed up.


Steve contacted Beckford & Sons Tree Service and Brian informed him these deals were made as verbal agreements, and that the agreed prices for service did NOT include removal. That was extra.


Brian also reported that he had not been contacted to remove the trimmings. He would have been glad to come back, as he likes to keep his customers happy.


First and foremost, Steve cautioned listeners to always make WRITTEN AGREEMENTS with landscapers, instead of verbal ones, so that the details of services could never be argued.


Second, although every county is different, we found you must be licensed in Broward County in order to trim trees.


If you suspect an unlicensed tree-trimmer in Broward County, please call 954-765-4400, option 2.


If you want to make a formal complaint against a contractor in Broward county, licensed or unlicensed, you can fill out this form here.

If you haven't already, or need more information about tree-trimming rules and regulations or about how to avoid being scammed, listen to the recorded show HERE!


AND IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT YOU WANT STEVE TO INVESTIGATE, SUBMIT YOUR STORY HERE!


IF YOU ARE A TRUSTED BUSINESS, APPLY HERE TO BE ON STEVE'S TEAM OF EXPERTS!


Until next time..!

The Steve Warneke Show is LIVE SATURDAYS at 11AM EST to 850 WFTL on your AM station.