Better Business Bureau serving Canton Region and Greater West Virginia offers tips and advice for consumers to avoid fraudulent practices.
If your driveway needs paving or repairs, don’t trust just anyone to do the job. BBB’s Scam Tracker has numerous reports of unscrupulous contractors who trick homeowners with supposedly good deals. Homeowners end up with shoddy pavement – or nothing at all – to show for what they paid, and in some cases have lost over $8,000 in the process.
HOW THE SCAM WORKS
A contractor leaves a pamphlet or shows up at the door. They claim they’ve been doing work in the area and just happened to notice the condition of your driveway or sidewalk. Since they’re already working nearby, they can give you a discount. If the price is agreeable, they will then ask for a large percentage of the fee up front. There is some hesitancy if there is question on the price or details about the business and where it’s located.