SPOKANE, Wash. - Scammers are traveling the country promising to pave your driveway and getting away with your cash. That's the warning from Spokane Valley Police, the Better Business Bureau, and the Washington State Attorney General. They say scammers are offering to pave your driveway and are not living up to their end of the bargain, either not performing up to par or charging way to much for the job.
The Better Business Bureau offers the following tips on what to look out for when it comes to the pavement scam:
Selling door-to-door. Reputable asphalt contractors will rarely, if ever, sell their product door-to-door. Claiming they have leftover asphalt from another job. Professional asphalt contractors know, with great accuracy, how much paving material is needed to complete a project. Rarely will they have leftover material. Push you to make a quick decision. Trustworthy contractors provide a written estimate that will be valid for days or weeks. Never hire someone on the spot. Ask for references and check them. No contract offered. Insist on a written contract specifying in detail the work to be performed and the agreed total price, not just price per square foot. Cash-only sales. Most reputable contractors take checks or credit cards and don't require cash-only terms. Deals that seem too good to be true. If the quoted price seems very low, chances are the quality of work will also be quite low.
Unmarked truck. Often the trucks they travel in are unmarked or they have an out-of-town address and phone number. A little research will reveal that they have no permanent address and the phone number is often an answering machine.