The Alberta RCMP warns property owners of ongoing paving and fraudulent rural contractor services.
In recent incidents, the RCMP says that extramarital affairs claim to be from outside the city and provide a discount service for asphalt paving, while providing a potential victim with false contact information and addresses to their business.
The companies will claim to have leftover material from a previous job, and they offer to pave driveways at a lower price.
Once the business collects a payment, it will disappear from an area, and many people will realize that materials used are of poor quality and unprofessional workmanship, leaving the victims with expensive asphalt repairs and no way to get their contractor do not contact.
The RCMP warns that companies may use names that are apparently associated with a government’s road maintenance department.
The Alberta RCMP asks residents to be careful when receiving contractor services, especially to be careful with unsolicited offers.
They offer the following tips to avoid falling victim to a scam: Research the business through the Better Business Bureau in Alberta, the Consumer Investigation Unit, your local Rural Crime Watch or on social media.
- Do not agree to contracts if you are under pressure or if a contractor will not answer ‘no’.
- Property owners can also get a “written quote that includes the full business name, address, phone number, GST number, as well as provincial and municipal license numbers, if applicable,” the Alberta RCMP said.
- Quotations should specify the quantity and quality of materials used, and consumers should be skeptical if this information is not provided.
Property owners can also request quotes from other companies and compare prices for any variances.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” says the Alberta RCMP.
If you, or someone you know, suspects a paving contractor scam, please report it at 1-877-427-4088
By Jesse Boily