‘Paver’ Scam Surfaces in Great Falls, Helena
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox’s Office was notified this week of a new "paver" scam that has been seen recently in Great Falls and Helena. Anastasia Burton with the AG’s Office said transients are approaching homes who want to patch or totally repave Montanans driveways.
"Unfortunately, people need to know that this is a scam," Burton said. "Typically they appear at your door in a van that's not marked in any way, belonging to a legitimate contractor or repair business. They'll tell you 'We just finished a job up the street and we've got some leftover asphalt. I noticed your driveway needs patching. I could make you a really good deal on that.'"
Burton said the first thing to do if transients approach your home is to ask for a business card.
"Don't be afraid to say no if these folks appear at your door," Burton said. "Be very wary of high-pressure sales tactics. If they refuse to give you a written estimate, that's probably a good sign that they're scammers. If you have found that you are a victim of this particular scam, you can contract your local law enforcement."
Burton said people can also call the Office of Consumer Protection at 1-800-481-6896