On the trail of a dishonest contractor


It happens that when signing a contract with a new contractor, entrepreneurs rely only on his assurances and their own observations. Meanwhile, the contractor's honesty may raise doubts. Therefore, it is worth checking it thoroughly in advance, minimizing the risk of involving economic cooperation with a dishonest business partner. How can this be done? You can trust your friends or family members completely, but trust in practice has no place in the business world.

Even many years of cooperation with a contractor does not guarantee that it will not suddenly act to the detriment of our company. It is important in business to prevent any attempt to fraud or abuse our business. Unfortunately, such a risk exists and cannot be taken lightly.

Unfortunately, the number of economic crimes committed in Poland in recent years is still high. It only shows a certain scale of economic crime. Therefore, it is worth defending against such risks in the most effective way.

This can be done by meticulously checking the information on each contractor or client with whom we want to sign a contract.

This is made possible by economic intelligence, which should not be confused with illegal economic espionage. These are two completely different concepts. Economic intelligence is designed to provide economic entities with valuable information about their contractors in order to make the right business decisions in terms of full information.

How to track down a dishonest contractor?

Being a beginner entrepreneur, you should know where to look for basic information about a contractor, knowing its business name or tax identification number. When looking for a dishonest contractor, it is worth checking the available entries.


First of all, verification of the contractor's reliability should be made on the basis of an online entry, open to all, in the Central Register and Information on Economic Activity or the National Court Register.

Thanks to them, the entrepreneur obtains information on whether the contractor's company is registered at all and what is its current financial condition. If the company is in arrears with payments or has an unclear legal situation, the entrepreneur should assess whether the risk of cooperation with it is not too high and whether it is not associated with the probability of high losses.

In addition, new lists have emerged to enable the counterparty to be checked.


On the website of the Ministry of Finance, in the tab on the National Revenue Administration, you can use the Lists of unregistered, deleted or reinstated entities as VAT taxpayers.

The entrepreneur does not have to undertake the verification of the honesty of his contractors on his own. It may outsource such a task.