1. Dynamicnet is correct. You should be able to find third party verification for legit companies. For any company in business for longer than 18 months, they are sure to have a public record.
Some third parties may require registration on the part of the company. You must be careful with 3rd party sources to make sure they are trustworthy. Remember the who-who's books? Well by simply paying your are a who's who.
Some third party sources that we use when evaluating vendors and clients.
Great reputation and clear membership standards. Provides a 3rd party in case of complaints.
Geotrust, Verisign and others provide site seals that confirm the identity only. These provide identify verification only. I only know of Geotrust and Verisign, each require phone and paper verification.
Listings for company info vary by state. But some states now have good, easy to uses searches.
Ask for a phyiscal address.
Ask for a phone. Some companies may not disclose their phone but potential clients should be given a number.
2. Ask them.
3. Ask them.
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