Attorney General's Office issues warning of a door-to-door paving scam

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) The Anchorage Attorney General’s Office has issued a warning about a door-to-door scam that sees people posing as Alaska residents offering discounted paving services.

Pursuing losses is said to ‘be difficult to impossible.’

The Consumer Protection Unit of the Alaska Attorney General’s Office says ‘the individuals claim that they are knocking because they have leftover materials and are able to pave driveways or sidewalks for a discounted rate.’

The Attorney General’s Office writes the consumer is not given the ‘required written notice under AS 45.02.350 (a) that the homeowner consumer has a right to cancel any written or verbal contract without penalty for 5 (five) days.’

When completed, the work is ‘shoddy and below paving standards’ and the individuals 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,” said the statement.

The Attorney General’s Office goes on to say that the ‘pavement scammers’ pose as Alaska residents, drive with Alaska license plants and cite local addresses.

They are even are said to trick the consumers ‘into thinking that the pavement scammers could be pursued if there are issues with the job.’

According to the Attorney General’s Office, these practices are violations of the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act.

Unfortunately for consumers, the Attorney General’s Office writes that because "the scammer pavers are in fact not Alaska residents...pursuing losses will be difficult to impossible."

The Attorney General's Office advises “If someone knocks on the door offering services that are at a price that seems too good to be true, homeowners should demand written notice of the right to revoke within 5 (five) days accorded by Alaska law and should refrain from writing a check or providing payment for such services.”

If you were the victim of this scam you are asked to contact the Consumer Protection Unit Staff at (907) 269-5200 or toll free (888) 576-252.