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Summer months are prime time for asphalt company scams

MANTORVILLE, Minn. (FOX 47) –  If you plan on getting work done to your driveway this summer you’ll want to do your research.

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota sees an increase in schemes involving asphalt companies during the summer months.

“We’ve had a lot of jobs where they got scammed and we had to come back and do it the right way,” said Jeremiah Siewert, a foreman for Rochester Asphalt and Concrete.

One obvious sign something’s not right? If someone comes knocking on your door. “Any reputable business doesn’t do cold sales; that’s not something I’ve ever done here,” added Siewert.

Scam artists will try to reel in unsuspecting victims by telling them they have left over asphalt from another job but that’s a big lie. Most, if not all, reputable companies will know how much material they need for a job.

“My personal experience: go off of where they’re based out of. My biggest thing is if they don’t have a Minnesota area code they’re probably not from Minnesota.”

You can also check their truck. If the business’s name and phone number are missing, plus the plates are from out of state, don’t even bother with them.

“Just do your research; ask your neighbors.”

That way you can get the job done the right way, the first time.

The BBB recommends following these general rules to avoid an unethical asphalt company:

Shannon Rousseau

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