Blossoming flowers, freshly mowed lawns and pollen covered cars are all signs that spring is here. Winter coats and boots can be tucked away for a few months, while shorter sleeves and dresses are being aired out for the brighter days.
As the temperatures begin to rise for the season, there will also be a rise in door to door sales. A common scam that tends to surface during the warmer months is the driveway repair scam. In the past two months BBB serving Mississippi has investigated three different companies that Mississippians have contacted us about concerning “door to door” asphalt sales.
Recently, a Natchez man contacted BBB sharing his experience of dealing with an asphalt company that stated that they were from Clinton while using a local number, when they were from Memphis instead. The Natchez man reports that the asphalt company has yet to return any of his calls and he is now left with an unfinished driveway.
In most cases, customers do not have a way to contact the representative or the company that they work for because they were never given a business card or a contract in writing. However, in the Natchez customer’s case, he was given a local contact number, business card, and receipt of services, but the company wasn’t based out of Clinton.
“Instances like these are the reasons why BBB not only advises consumers to do their research before hiring a contractor, but to check with BBB to confirm that they are dealing with reputable businesses,” said Kourtney Moncure, PR Specialist for Better Business Bureau serving Mississippi.
To make sure that this does not happen to you, here are a few red flags that you can look for in a driveway repair scam:
If you suspect that you are dealing with a paving scammer, contact your local police department immediately and report it to BBB serving Mississippi.