Better Business Bureau® of the Upstate is warning consumers to be on the lookout for a pair of traveling contractors from North Augusta, SC. Paul and William “Billy” O’Hara scammed a local couple out of a great deal of money.The elderly couple paid $16,000 to have their driveway and shop floor paved, and the results were less than desirable. The work was very low quality, their shop now floods with water when it rains, and the pavement is cracking and deteriorating in many areas.Paul O’Hara asked for $3,000 up front for the cost of the asphalt that was needed to complete the paving job. He and Billy began working on the consumers’ driveway around 9 a.m. and completed the work around 9 p.m., working by the light of their vehicle’s headlights when the sun went down. Paul asked for the rest of the money that evening, stating that they had another job scheduled out of town the next day and that they didn’t want to drive all the way back to Walhalla to collect payment. The consumer thought nothing of it because it seemed like a logical reason to ask for immediate compensation.The next morning, they awoke to a complete mess. They called O’Hara and demanded he come back out and fix it as soon as possible. He made a few excuses before finally stating that they were out of town on another job and could not make it back to Walhalla for quite some time. Since that exchange, the consumers have not heard from him. Upon further investigation, BBB has found that the address on O’Hara’s contract was not a business or a home, but a local hotel. Arrest records show that this wasn’t the first O’Hara from North Augusta, SC, to travel to the Upstate and take advantage of consumers. Phillip Michael O’Hara, wanted by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s department, posed as a floor salesman along with Tommy Riley and stole $5,000-$10,000 worth of jewelry from an 83-year-old woman. Better Business Bureau® of the Upstate reached out to Paul and William O’Hara but have yet to receive a response. BBB advised the couple to contact the police department immediately.BBB recommends the following tips if approached by a traveling contractor:ALWAYS check out the business first at bbb.org or call the BBB office at 242-5052.Ask for local references and verify that the contractor is in compliance with all local licensing, bonding and insuring requirements. Contact the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) if you are unsure.Ask for identification and note the license plate number on the contractor's vehicle.Solicit two or three different bids for the work you are planning, but don't automatically accept the lowest offer. Make sure all bids are based on the same set of specifications and materials.As with any business transaction, be sure to read all agreements and guarantees before signing. Do not be pressured into signing an agreement before you understand all terms and conditions. Also, make sure all oral promises are put into writing. Be wary of vaguely worded provisions, exclusions or limitations which could pose a problem later. Never sign a contract with sections left blank.Do not give in to high-pressure sales tactics. A reputable salesman will give you time to think through the deal and make an appointment to return at a later date. Watch out if you’re asked to sign up immediately before you do your research.When you choose a paving contractor, do not pay for the work in advance. Pay by check when the work is completed to your satisfaction.This scam can certainly target anyone, but often times, it’s seniors who fall victim. BBB encourages all consumers to research all businesses they plan on shopping with by visiting http://go.bbb.org/upstatesc and to follow BBB on Facebook at Better Business Bureau Upstate SC for news and tips about scams.