Washington construction contractors are reporting that scammers falsely claiming to be from Labor and Industries (L&I) are demanding they pay money over the phone to ensure their contractor registration remains valid.

The callers imply that their registration is suspended and that paying a $50 fee will reinstate their license. But the callers are not from L&I, and the money is not going to L&I.Please don’t fall for this scam! L&I will never call contractors over the phone asking for payment to reinstate contractor registration. While we have heard about this scam the past couple years, it appears to be picking up recently based on contractor reports. Some contractors are receiving emails and texts with the same false information as in the telephone calls.

If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately. If you receive a text or email that appears to carry this message, don’t open it. Check your Status – You can check the status of your contractor registration at Lni.wa.gov/Verify. If you have questions, email Contractor Registration at [email protected] or call 1-800-647-0982.

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