Police warn about transient asphalt contractors
Customers in the past have been left with substandard work or forced to pay extra to get the job completed, said police. (File image)
Published Friday, July 12, 2013 2:22PM CST
Thinking about getting your driveway re-paved? Be on the lookout for unlicensed contractors.
Winnipeg police are warning that transient asphalt pavers may be going door to door offering to do work for cash. Police said in past instances the work done was often substandard.
In some cases, Winnipeg police arrested foreign nationals illegally working for cash. Victims were sometimes forced to pay extra when the workers threatened to leave the job unfinished.
Police have several recommendations to help avoid this type of situation. Customers should ask to see a business licence and do an online search of the company to check their credibility. They also suggest you sign a written contract and pay by cheque.
Anyone who thinks they have been solicited by a transient contractor should is asked to call Winnipeg Police Service’scommercial crime unit at 204-986-6231.