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Better Business Bureau urges Minnesotans to watch for asphalt paving scams

BURNSVILLE - The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota warns homeowners and business owners that suspect asphalt firms are in the area trying to rustle up jobs.

BURNSVILLE - The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota warns homeowners and business owners that suspect asphalt firms are in the area trying to rustle up jobs.

These operators often go door-to-door claiming they have extra asphalt from a nearby project and they’ll work at a discounted rate. However, the quality of the work is often sub-par and the final bill can sometimes be double – or even many times - the quoted price.

BBB has received reports of this scheme from consumers in the Twin Cities and Rochester area who have been confronted by such “offers” recently.

“This is what we call a classic scheme, and people fall victim to it every day during the paving season somewhere in Minnesota and North Dakota,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the bureau. “Worse yet, the elderly are often the ones that are targeted the most.”

To avoid asphalt schemes, be sure you know who you’re dealing with. Research the company first at bbb.org. Also, be sure to ask the salesperson if they have a solicitor’s license from the city they’re doing business in – and then verify that by contacting city officials.

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