Burns Lake RCMP Warn of Possible Paving Scam
Burns Lake residents are being warned of a possible scam that has cost local residents and businesses thousands of dollars.
The RCMP say they've received reports of a fraudulent company, offering to pave driveways and parking lots.
They say the customers are required to pay up front, and are then left with an unfinished project in which some prep work has taken place but no actual paving was done.
Police are advising residents to be very cautious when approached by someone offering a service or product in which you are required to pay before the contract is fulfilled.
They also say that while there are legitimate businesses that operate door-to-door in Burns Lake, they are required to provide contracts for their services and products.
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File Number: 2017-1693
Burns Lake RCMP
Possible Paving Scam in Burns Lake costs residents thousands of dollars
RCMP have received reports of a fraudulent company in Burns Lake scamming businesses and residents with paving driveways and parking lots. People have received poor quality work where it appears prep work has started but no actual paving has been done. These people pay up front and are left with an unfinished project and are out a substantial amount of money.
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.
Burns Lake RCMP want to recognize that there are legitimate businesses that operate door to door.
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.
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.
Madonna SAUNDERSON (Cpl/Cap.)
District Advisory NCO (Media Relations) North District