The guy with 400 clients is Joey's Exteriors. When I saw Joey talked to him I warned him about a past client who was a dead beat that I thought he might be doing an estimate for. He told me about a big job he was doing where he had three guys working for several days. Joey called me yesterday to warn me about a bad client who was trying to screw him. His big job apparently was for a con man and he got taken. The guy he was doing the job for did a stop payment on his check. He Googled the guy and as it turns out he has been in trouble before. He said just the lights he has on the guys property were $4,000 and I'm guessing he has a grand in labor. It was an $11,000 job. I guess a good rule of thumb on big jobs is to go to the bank and have them verify funds first. A stop payment would show up at that time as well. I'm going to talk to the other holiday lighting companies in my area to make a black list of customers to avoid so we can try to better protect ourselves. The Austin area market is great overall with tons of high end clients (over 20,000 millionaires as of 8 years ago) but we also have our share of con artists who are living high on the hog with swindled money. Every year at least 1-2 investor scams get shut down.