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Residents scammed out of over $16,000 for paving work, in some cases it was never done

It has prompted a warning from police about paving contractor scams
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NEWS RELEASE
WATERLOO REGIONAL POLICE
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The Waterloo Regional Police are warning property owners of paving contractor scams after receiving several recent reports of fraudulent activity.  

During the month of August, more than eight Kitchener residents in the Country Hills neighbourhood sustained a loss of more than $16,000.00 when they were scammed by a door-to-door sales group offering to resurface their driveways.   

In each instance, the suspects required cash deposits and either provided sub-standard work or did no work at all. The contractors usually claimed to have leftover asphalt from previous jobs and promised to provide quality services, however the product used is believed to be recycled asphalt or a gravel and oil mixture with no lasting properties. The use of the poor quality of material resulted in the asphalt falling apart or sinking once it was driven on. By the time the victims realized they were scammed, the fraudsters were long gone.

Police are reminding residents to research companies coming door-to-door and to not provide any sort of payment prior to confirming the legitimacy of the company involved.

If you have been a victim of a paving contractor scam and have not yet reported it to police, we encourage you to do so by calling 519-570-9777. Anyone with information regarding the identities of the individuals involved are encouraged to call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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