The province is warning Albertans to be wary of seasonal pavers who promise bargain prices for asphalt installation.
According to a message released by Service Alberta, two men have recently been charged with deceiving and misleading consumers under the province’s Fair Trading Act.
The Act forbids any business knowingly to sell goods or services from which consumers will not reasonably receive a benefit.
One Red Deer man has been fined $37,162 in restitution. A warrant has been issued for the other man, who was working out of Westlock – however, he remains at large.
In each case, the customer said a paver showed up on their doorstep, offering leftover asphalt from a nearby work site at a discount rate.
However, those that have purchased the asphalt say the quality of both the material and workmanship was poor, falling apart within days.
People report being charged up to $20,000 for the faulty work.
Lisa Elliot with Service Alberta said no cases of the paving scheme had been reported in Edmonton so far this year, but warned that it is better to be safe than sorry when picking a paver.
“This time of year scams like this pop up and we just tell Albertans to be aware and know how to protect themselves if this should happen to them.
Service Alberta recommends customers obtain at least three estimates and also check the company’s record with the Better Business Bureau before signing a contract.