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HARTFORD, April 23 – The warm weather has led to the early arrival of flowers, insects -- and even paving scammers, the Department of Consumer Protection reported today.

 

“Spring and summer are prime seasons for bogus door-to-door offers, so consumers need to be wary,” Commissioner William R. Rubenstein said today. “We’ve learned that traveling pavers have already started their rounds in the state, and more fly-by-night operators offering chimney repair and magazine sales can’t be far behind.  It’s important that consumers be extra careful and vigilant. Don’t let anyone in your home for any reason unless you’re sure you know who they are -- scammers have been known to commit burglaries if given the opportunity.”

 

Traveling pavers visit the Northeast most years, pushing underpriced, inferior driveway paving and sealing services.  Bargain-minded consumers are taken in by these smooth-talking scam artists, losing their money, and often being left with a pile of rubble where their driveways used to be.

 

Crews often drive unmarked utility trucks and vans; their salespersons go door to door, and their sales pitch usually involves “leftover” asphalt from a nearby job that’s available immediately, at a bargain price.  Other hallmarks of the paving scam include high pressure sales tactics, haphazard contracts and a request for payment in cash or personal check made out to cash. 

 

Known for striking quickly and then disappearing, traveling pavers surface days later in a different area, making them difficult to catch. Local police departments and the Department of Consumer Protection share information and often collaborate in tracking leads called in by savvy consumers.


 

“If something or someone seems suspicious in your neighborhood, please report it to your local police department,” Rubenstein said.  He offered the following additional tips.

 

·         Find a local paving contractor if your driveway needs repair. Don’t fall for pitches delivered door to door. 

·         Verify that the contractor you hire is registered in Connecticut as a home improvement contractor by contacting the Department of Consumer Protection.

·         Get the contractor’s certificates of insurance liability and workman’s compensation coverage from the contractor’s insurance provider.

·         Check with your town for any required permits, and have them in place before work begins.

·         Have your contractor provide all warranties in writing.

·         Always get a signed and dated contract for paving work, since it will protect you from potential damages or misunderstandings. According to state law, the following must be included in writing.

o   the date the contract was signed

o   a start date and end date for the job

o   the price, (you can request that labor and materials be broken out separately)

o   the contractor’s name, address and home improvement contractor number 

o   a 3-day Notice of Cancellation that allows you 72 hours to change your mind, along with clear instructions on how to contact the company to cancel that contract.

 

“Since the law gives homeowners three days to change their mind, no work should start until at least three days after a contract is signed,” Rubenstein said. “Don’t be pressured by anyone who needs to start right away.”

 

To verify a contractor’s registration, please call the Department of Consumer Protection at (860) 713-6110, toll-free at 1-800-842-2649, or visit the agency website at www.ct.gov/dcp.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – The State Department of Consumer Protection has put out a warning about a group of conmen moving though our state who are ripping people off on driveway paving deals.  State officials say they turned up in Meriden and Middletown this week, in some cases putting down shoddy pavement on driveways where people didn’t even hire them.

“We’ve learned of a case in which workers reportedly began paving a driveway without being hired and even without permission from the homeowner,” Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris said today. “If proven to be true, it’s an outrageous practice. Reportedly, after completing the unauthorized work the pavers allegedly asked to be paid, then left. I urge consumers to watch out for workers offering jobs in your neighborhood, and don’t accept any door to door offers. In fact, let local law enforcement know where these workers are.”

State officials say the driveway scammers often travel in unmarked utility trucks and vans.  Their “salespeople” go door-to-door offering “leftover” asphalt from a nearby job that is available immediately at a bargain price. Other warning signs are high pressure sales tactics, sloppy contracts, and a request for payment in cash or a check made out to cash.

State officials say these groups move quickly and they are hard to catch.  Here are some tips from state consumer officials.

·         Find a local paving contractor if your driveway needs repair. Don’t fall for pitches delivered door to door. 

·         Because imposter scams are also a growing problem, check identification, such as a driver’s license, and compare this with the name on the DCP Home Improvement Registration card for anyone who offers to make home improvements, such as paving. Make sure they are who they say they are!

·         Get the contractor’s certificates of insurance liability and workman’s compensation coverage from the contractor’s insurance provider.

·         Check with your town for any required permits and have them in place before work begins.

·         Have your contractor provide all warranties in writing.


 


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