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Watch out for Door-to-Door Driveway Repair Scams

by Government of Saskatchewan

Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) is advising you to be cautious if a salesperson comes to your door offering to pave, patch or apply a protective treatment to your driveway.  Always ask to see a direct seller’s licence number.  Door-to-door sales contractors are required to be licensed under The Direct Sellers Act.

Red Flags That it Might be a Scam:

The price sounds too good to be true.

High pressure sales—if the sales representative pressures you to “act now or lose out on a limited time offer”.

The salesperson requires you to pay a substantial down payment before providing any services.

Protect Yourself:

Check to see if they are licensed on FCAA411 (http://www.fcaa.gov.sk.ca/fcaa411).

Check to see if they are listed in the Better Business Bureau directory (http://www.bbb.org/saskatchewan)  or call 1-888-352-7601 and if so, view their rating and read customer reviews.

Get everything in writing and create a formal contract with clear expectations of the work to be done, the price and the timeframe of when the work should begin and finish.

Do not hand over a blank cheque.

Contact Consumer Protection Division:

If consumers have questions about hiring a contractor doing door-to-door sales, they can find more information at  http://fcaa.gov.sk.ca/consumers-investors-pension-plan-members/consumers/consumers-of-goods-and-services/tips-for-driveway-repairs.

They can call toll free at 1-877-880-5550 or by email at consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca.

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