Ada Complaince Scams
What kinds of scams are affecting ADA complaince? What do you need to look out for?
Scams are attacking people of all walks of life. And believe it or not, there are con artists targeting businesses with scams relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here are some common ADA scams and what you need to look out for.
• Remodeling Scams. A man approaches your business telling you he represents a remodeling company and tells you that in order to meet ADA requirements, you need to install ramps at your business's entrance and exit doors. They'll charge you an outrageous amount in order to comply with the law and tell you a good portion of that will be tax deductible. However, what you need to know is that these companies are exaggerating the truth. ADA law doesn't always mean you need to build a new ramp at every door. Compliance may simply mean installing a doorbell at the level at someone sitting in a wheelchair.
• Seminar Scams. A seminar company approaches you and tells you you need to pay $1,000 and attend a seminar educating you about ADA issues. But what they don't tell you is that there is plenty of free information about the ADA available to you from local non-profit groups.
• Threatening Scams. A person sends you a notice that you have violated the ADA and need to pay $10,000. However, they'll tell you that you can avoid these fines if you simply pay them to learn about your obligations. But, again, what they don't tell you is that that information is available free of charge.
• Certification Scams. The companies that may have approached you for the remodeling or seminar scams may tell you that, after you've paid for their services, you are "certified" by the ADA. They may charge you an extra fee for that certification. But the facts are that no federal agency certifies people for their ADA compliance.