Beware of Scam Targeting Contractor Licensees and Applicants

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On November 20, 2012, the California Contractors State License Board posted an Industry Bulletin alerting licensees and applicants alike to a recent scam involving fraudulent calls asking licensees or applicants for their credit card information over the phone in connection with renewing their licenses, obtaining continuing education credits, or taking licensing exams. CSLB Registrar Steve Sands has confirmed that at least one "unscrupulous company" has used information from the CSLB's website to contact licensees or applicants "to mislead and scam them." The CSLB confirmed that it "will never ask for credit card information over the phone, nor will they process any payment over the phone." CSLB fees are only payable through the mail via check or at CSLB headquarters via cash, check, or credit card. Moreover, there are no continuing education requirements to renew a CA CSLB license.

The CSLB confirmed that although California Business and Professions Code ยง 7080.5 requires it to make public the name and address of every accepted application for a license, and that it intends to continue to post this information, it could change its process if applicants continue to be preyed upon by unscrupulous companies. To read a copy of the Industry Bulletin, click here. To read additional CA CSLB 2012 Industry Bulletins, click here.