Checkaco News: nightmare as kitchen firm goes bust, romance scams, Bitcoin con and shock as solicitor is hacked Kitchen companies that come and go – and take your cash

The consumer press is filled with stories of people who have looked at their old kitchens during lockdown and thought it would be good to change to something minimal and modern now they work from home. Kitchens are pretty expensive home improvements especially if they are fitted by specialist companies – although the flip side […]



Checkaco News: Care home lost deposits, unexpected massive repairs on flats, Reading Festival ticket scam and non existent holidays in Portugal

Always do a Checkaco on a firm if you are parting with large amounts of cash as a deposit  Every month retirement homes go into administration due to the collapse in numbers of residents caused by the Covid-19 crisis and spiralling debts.Many have lost residents to the pandemic while more have seen residents elect to […]



Checkaco News: Bitcoin scams, self-publishing pitfalls when paying up front, wedding venues that go bust with your cash and how to spot fake websites

Don’t fall for the dodgy crypto currency tradersThe leading crypto currency Bitcoin crashed this spring when Elon Musk said Tesla would no longer trade in them due to environmental considerations and the Chinese Government announced a crack-down on their trade.Despite the fall in price many people have looked to invest in crypto currencies such as […]



Checkaco News: beware the insolvent food wholesaler, Forex scams, fake colleges and fake jobs

Always do a Checkaco on a firm if you are parting with large amounts of cash Brookside Foods, Chiltern Foods, Dovey Premium Products, Baraka Foods, Serious Foods… the list is endless – major wholesalers in the catering and hospitality industries struggling or going bust – don’t get caught out when you pay up front for a big […]



Checkaco News: Dodgy landlords, holiday deposits and don’t get ripped off when buying an ebike or a horse

The outrageous small print that can trap you into paying thousands in escalating ground rent  Developers selling new homes are often found guilty of it as are private landlords looking to trap their buyers into paying through the nose for so-called ground rent. When buying a home whether it is a flat or a house […]



Checkaco News: dodgy Boys from the Black Stuff, heartless wedding venues, weeds not flowers and the debit card currency rip-off conning holidaymakers

The driveway cowboys have been around ever since tarmac was invented. The con is the dodgy workman knocks on the victim’s door and says they’ve some spare resurfacing material left over after working on a nearby road scheme and for cash, they’ll redo the householder’s driveway. They look unprofessional and you guessed it – money […]



Checkaco News: festival ticket scams, timeshare alert, avoid dodgy builders and one easy tip on how to spot a fake website

Festival ticket scamWith the Covid-19 restrictions set to be lifted this spring the highly popular rock music Reading Festival is to be staged at the end of August.Already the event has been sold out with all tickets sold in advance through the official website but that hasn’t stopped dodgy firms from selling non-existent tickets to desperate […]



Checkaco News: stories of rogue printers, puppy scammers, a bank that lost jewellery and a hotel that went bust and won’t refund wedding reception deposits – always do a Checkaco first before paying a deposit

In this age of lockdowns there are fake businesses out there online posing as legitimate firms. They always ask for deposits but never supply the goods. Or there are thousands of firms set to go bust and will hang onto your deposit – for a wedding, a conservatory or a car – and then go […]



Every year hundreds of builders with poor credit ratings go bust taking with them their customers’ cash deposits

Many people lose their cash deposits to building firms when they go out of business before any work has begun. All firms have tell-tale credit histories which reveal if they can be trusted with your money. Checkaco’s credit checks are accurate and up to date so you can spot if the builder you choose is safe […]