PROTECT YOURSELF!

Roger RuleConsumer

The largest contractor associations and building-trade recruiters, merit shop (see www.abc.org) and Union (see www.helmetstohardhats.com) recruit & train temporary labor pools to sit on wait lists between projects, sustained by State unemployment. This variable employment inevitably drives these desperate, unemployed workers into unlicensed residential side work. California categorizes these weekend warriors without a contractor license as handymen, declares them limited to projects … Read More

Activity on trade forums blogs

Roger RuleConsumer

Published-forum dialog occurs between tradepersons, inspectors, engineers, licensed builders, suppliers, building officials, union recruiters, organizers, and other building-industry members. The extraordinary and common trade practices described on these forums are not always read nor checked by each participating member. The forum links below show entire discussions where the user “ramsy” contributed a comment. Readers can see my comments ranging from … Read More

Illegal License Numbers

Roger RuleConsumer

Some contractors are illegally using a license number registered to someone else. This common practice is difficult to check. When caught they can claim to be an agent or foremen of the license holder, and the only way to check is by tracking down the actual contact for the license holder on record, and ask if the stories match. The license … Read More

NBC Undercover: Homewreckers

Roger RuleConsumer

“You open your home and wallet to contractors. But do you really know who they are? NBC Undercover investigates this underground economy and finds homeowners who are misled and ripped off.” The original newsreel is no longer available anywhere. Since 2011 the link below has been re-directed to a follow-up story…..CLICK HERE This episode of NBC undercover shows California’s Statewide … Read More

Credential Theft

Roger RuleConsumer

BEWARE OF CREDENTIAL THEFT This page describes how employers of illegal labor harvest credentials from the Resumes of job-seeking citizens. Please see a list of my credentials here. In 2006 Consumer Reports magazine investigated the practice of professional pre-textors, which it described as aggressive, deceptive, completely unregulated, for hire by anyone, for any purpose, including documented murder by private clients. CR … Read More

CR Quick Take

Roger RuleConsumer

Consumer Reports October 2006 CR INVESTIGATES: Your privacy for sale.; CR Quick Take SECTION: Pg. 41 Vol. 71 No. 10 LENGTH: 121 words Large data brokers have your numbers – Social Security, phone, and credit cards. They might also know about the drugs you take, what you buy, your political party, and your sexual orientation. When we investigated this secretive industry, we discovered: … Read More

Your Privacy for Sale

Roger RuleConsumer

Consumer Reports October 2006 CR INVESTIGATES: Your privacy for sale. SECTION: Pg. 41 Vol. 71 No. 10 LENGTH: 3060 words Until Valentine’s Day weekend 2005, Elizabeth Rosen had never heard of ChoicePoint. But ChoicePoint, it turns out, knew plenty about her. That’s when Rosen, a nurse, received a letter and found out that the Alpharetta, Ga., company had collected information about her. Among … Read More

What you can do; CR Quick Take

Roger RuleConsumer

Consumer Reports October 2006 CR INVESTIGATES: Your privacy for sale.; WHAT YOU CAN DO SECTION: Pg. 41 Vol. 71 No. 10 LENGTH: 341 words While you have no control over much of the data collection and sharing that occurs, you can limit the amount of information circulating about you. Also, checking the accuracy of those records that you’re entitled to see allows you to … Read More