BBB Warns of Paving Scams

June 03, 2014

Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns people about paving scams that may be in the Edmonton area again this summer and requests the public report suspicious activity. 

Every year BBB, EPS and the RCMP receive calls from concerned homeowners about crews coming to their door, asking to pave their driveway. The company often claims to have leftover asphalt from another job and offers a low cashprice. 

“The businesses involved in these types of scams rely on peoples trust and desire for a good deal,” says Ron Mycholuk, Public Relations Manager for BBB. “Sadly, we often hear from consumers that the job was done poorly. In some cases people have even had to pay to remove the asphalt – if the job was even completed!” 

The company is usually composed of individuals who move in and out of cities quickly, making them difficult to track. The perpetrators often have legitimate looking business cards and change the business name from year to year. Since they tend to disappear, there ends up being no warranty or refund. 

Deals that seem too good to be true, usually are. Avoid making a costly mistake.

Tips to avoid paving scams:

  • Be cautious of people showing up at your door offering a service for cash.
  • Get multiple quotes, especially for expensive home projects like paving.
  • Be suspicious of high pressure deals for cheap prices where you have to make a decision on the spot – even asphalt that they say will expire if you don’t decide now!
  • Ask to see a business licence and avoid verbal contracts.
  • Always get a written contract and never pay in cash!
  • Ask for references and go to see other work they’ve done.
  • Check the credibility of the business offering you a product or service. Start by visiting to see if there is any information on them.
  • File a Complaint with BBB and report any suspicious activity to police.

As the leader in advancing marketplace trust, Better Business Bureau of Central and Northern Alberta is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Every year, more than 65 million consumers rely on BBB Business Reviews to help them find trustworthy businesses across North America. Visit for more information.