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Buyer Beware... Door to Door Scams

Consumers are advised to be cautious when it comes to unsolicited driveway paving offers.

If a contractor comes to your door asking to pave, patch or apply a protective treatment to your driveway, you should immediately ask to see a direct seller's license number. Door-to-door salespersons are required to be licensed under The Direct Sellers Act. You can confirm a contractor's license is valid at

Consumers are reminded to take precautions when choosing any contractor and watch out for Red Flags such as: 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, and The salesperson requires you to pay a substantial down payment before providing any services.

Protect yourself by check the validity of the licence number on FCAA411; Get everything in writing and create a formal contract with clear expectations of the work to be done and the timeframe that the work has to be completed in;Do not hand over a blank cheque.

Consumers can find out more information on-line through various sources of by telephone They can call toll free at 1-877-880-5550 or email at

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