Attorney General’s Office: Door-to-door paving scam warning
The Attorney General’s Office is warning Alaskans of a misleading sales scam that could come knocking at your door.
According to a release from the Attorney General’s Office, there are individuals, or companies going door-to-door, offering misleading paving services that violate the Door-To-Door Sales provision and the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act.
Officials say these scammers are not Alaska residents. They are going door-to-door claiming they are a local business and have leftover materials that can be used to pave driveways or sidewalks at a discounted rate. Those individuals are not providing the written notice under AS 45.02.350(a) that gives them the homeowner the right to cancel within five days without penalty.
“The actual work done by the pavement scammers is shoddy and below all paving standards,” according to the release. “Additionally, when the work is done, the pavement scammers tell the homeowner that the job cost twice as much or more than promised and negotiate with the homeowner for a higher price than quoted.”
The Attorney General’s Office encourages you to know your rights. If someone offers you a service at a price that’s too good to be true, ask for quotes in writing and even if it’s a verbal agreement, you have five days to cancel a contract.