Watch Out for Facebook Scams in House Cleaning!

Hey everyone, it’s Libby here from Organize It—the most organized cleaning company in the world! Today, I want to talk about something really important—Facebook scams in house cleaning.

Did you know there are loads of scams out there, especially on Facebook, where people are looking for house cleaning services? I’ve seen it all—from business owners like me getting weird messages about our Facebook accounts going to be shut down, to people pretending they need our bank info to send us money. Crazy, right?

But here’s what you really need to watch out for if you’re trying to find someone to clean your house on Facebook:

  1. Are they real? I’ve seen too many stories about people who paid for cleaning, but either no one showed up, or the work was just terrible.
  2. Legit or not? There are scammers, and then there are folks who might just be doing business on the side, not really doing things by the book, which can be risky too.
  3. What can you do to stay safe? I’ve got some tips that’ll help you figure out who’s legit and who’s not.

So, I’m in a lot of Facebook groups and I run a cleaning business myself. I even have my own house cleaned by someone else when I’m not around. But let me share some stuff I’ve learned:

When you’re looking at a cleaning service, check these things:

  • Their email: If it’s a Gmail or another free service, that’s a heads-up. When I started, I used a free email too, but as I got more professional, I switched to an email that matches my business’s website.
  • Their Facebook page: If they’re using a personal Facebook profile instead of a business page, that’s another red flag.
  • Their website: Click on it. If it doesn’t work or looks sketchy, that’s a bad sign.

Here’s a story I want to share. There was this post in a Facebook group where someone got a super cheap cleaning deal. But guess what? The cleaner’s info didn’t add up. No real business email, the website was down, and they were using a personal Facebook page.

And there’s more you should do, like:

  • Check if they’re licensed: In Florida, where I’m from, you can look up if they’re allowed to do business in your county. Just because they have a state license doesn’t mean they can work everywhere.
  • Insurance and bonds: Ask if they’re insured or bonded. This protects you in case something goes wrong, like if something gets broken or someone gets hurt.

Lastly, don’t just go for the cheapest option. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Good businesses cost a bit more because they’re doing everything right and keeping things above board.

So, next time you’re looking to get your house cleaned, keep these tips in mind. It’ll save you from a lot of headaches and might just keep you from getting scammed.