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Paving scam targeting western Michigan residents

Paving scam targeting western Michigan residents

A recent report to the BBB Scamtracker has the Better Business Bureau® Serving Western Michigan (BBB) reminding homeowners to use caution when dealing with door to door driveway paving offers. A woman from Remus in Mecosta County recently reported a visit that appears to be a scam. She says a man going by the name of Angelo George came to her door with an offer to pave her driveway. This woman wisely asked for more information about the company and was given Angelo’s business card. The company identifies itself as A&G Paving, which Angelo says is based out of Big Rapids. The card includes the BBB Logo and a toll-free phone number. The woman refused to sign up on the spot, and instead said she would look into it and get back with him. The BBB has been unable to locate A&G Paving in Big Rapids or anywhere else in Western Michigan. There is no company by that name accredited with the Better Business Bureau. In addition, the phone number on the business card goes to an automated message selling medical alert systems. 

“This woman did the right thing, and probably avoided being scammed out of hundreds or even thousands of dollars,” says Phil Catlett, President of the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan. “Never feel pressured to buy something on the spot. Instead, take some time and do your homework on the company. Make sure you are dealing with a business you can trust.”

Itinerant paving scams like this are common in the summer months. A salesperson goes door to door offering a good deal on driveway repair. Often they say they did a job nearby and have leftover material. They often demand payment before the work is completed. Once paid, the workers leave the job unfinished. The work that was completed is often substandard and costs the homeowner additional money to repair. Often the information on business cards and promotional material is fake, making it impossible to contact the company or seek restitution.

“This scam only works if customers agree to do the work right away,” says Catlett. “By taking your time and doing your research, you can avoid the problems that come with this scam and find a trustworthy local business that will do the work the right way.”

You can always research companies at bbb.org. The BBB also offers the free Get A Quote feature, which will send customers up to three quotes from BBB Accredited businesses. 

You can learn more about paving scams and how to avoid them at  https://www.bbb.org/article/news-releases/22795-bbb-scam-alert-need-a-new-driveway-look-out-for-asphalt-scams.

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