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Paving Scam Returns

Monday, July 27, 2015 @ 11:06 AM

Prince George, B.C. – Looks like the paving scam  has returned to Prince George.

Last week, a local business  owner was approached  by a man claiming to  work for a paving company out of Langley B.C.   There was a second man  in an unmarked white Dodge pick-up who was out of the view of the  surveillance camera.

The man  identified himself as ‘James’ and had an Irish accent.  He provided a  written quote to pave the parking lot of the business.  Although the quote was on  professionally printed paper, the owner didn’t feel comfortable  with the deal.  He did a few checks on the computer,  came across reports of  a paving scam, and then called police.

According  to police, the investigating officer found several discrepancies with both the quote and website provided, leading the officer to believe this to be a fraud and that the company does not exist. 

Here’s how it works. The suspect provides a quote at a reduced rate and the owner agrees, providing a portion of the money up front. The fraudster does not complete the job and goes on to another victim.

A similar fraud was reported in the community in 2009. More than six people were scammed out of thousands of dollars that summer when they entered into a contract with pavers going door to door.

Police are warning the public  about the scam and advise you to  be cautious  when approached by anyone offering a service or product  where you pay  money  before the contract is fulfilled.

Uninvited businesses that operate door to door are required to provide contracts for their services and products. These contracts are regulated by Consumer Protection BC. 

Consumer Protection BC and the Prince George RCMP want to recognize that there are legitimate businesses that operate door to door. Here are some tips to help consumers when dealing with door to door businesses: 

  • Know whom you are dealing with. Personnel from these businesses should have no problem providing identification & documentation;
  • Confirm your seller’s name, address and telephone number. Employees should know the company address and phone number;
  • If an offer is too good to be true, it almost always is. Products and services priced way below market value should cause some red flags;
  • Call the businesses’ customer service line. Check to see if the phone number works and if it does, ask them questions;
  • Know your cancellation rights. BC’s consumer contracts regulation gives you 10 days to cancel your door-to-door sales contract for any reason. You also have up to a year to cancel if your contract doesn’t include certain information (such as the business’s name and total price and payment terms);
  • Be cautious of down payments and keep a copy of your contract. BC’s consumer contracts regulation also states that if you’re asked to make a down payment, it can’t be more than 10 per cent of the total cost or $100 – the lesser of the two. You must also receive a copy of the contract at the time of signing or it’s not binding;
  • Ask questions about prize incentives. Surveys or prize incentives are tactics that can used by some door-to-door salespeople who want to gain access to your home and run you through sales presentations. Make an informed decision and be sure you want the service or product before accepting any free gifts;
  • Do your research. Before signing any contract or committing to a purchase, it’s always a good idea to get more information first – ask our friends or neighbours about their experience or do some research about the company online. You can also contact your local Better Business Bureau, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and Consumer Protection BC, to enquire about the business.;
  • Don’t rush. Ask the sales person for some time to think about the purchase. A legitimate salesperson will not pressure you. And remember that it’s also okay to say no;

For more information about your rights as well as general consumer tips around door to door sales, visit www.consumerprotectionbc.ca/blog (English only). While it does not investigate scams or fraud, if you have questions about your door to door sales contract cancellation rights, contact Consumer Protection BC at 1-888-564-9963 or info@consumerprotectionbc.ca.



Everyone, There are two operational asphalt plants in Prince George. Columbia and Pittman. There are several paving out fits, that buy asphalt from these two.

If there not in your local phone book, be skeptical. I can’t see the local plants willing to sell black to anyone but local pavers.

I can’t see any company doing highway work would want to sell black to do driveways.

Need to catch these guys. get their plates and nail them.

People who fall for this deserve to be swindled.

no one deserves to be swindled.

Some of us soon recognize that we were taken advantage off… Makes a story to tell your friends. Sometimes, we are too embarrassed about it and don’t tell anyone.

We all work too hard for our money. After tax money is hard to keep.

“… leading the officer to believe this to be a fraud and that the company does not exist…”
OK, I smell bs. here. Fraud is a criminal act, so what did our erstwhile RCMP member do about it? Send out some ‘consumer aware’ tripe.. No bust and no ass kicking.

@ slinky – you sure about that, or do you just recite cliche responses off the top of your head?

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