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Driveway repair offer probably too good to be true: Sask. FCAA

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WATCH ABOVE: Contractor scams – specifically driveway repairs – are on the rise, prompting the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan to issue a warning. Krista Sharpe reports.

Saskatchewan’s Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) is informing homeowners to be cautious if a driveway repair deal sounds too good to be true. FCAA is warning consumers about unlicenced contractors going door-to-door.

If an unsolicited offer is made to pave, patch or apply a protective treatment to your driveway, FCAA officials recommend asking for a direct seller’s licence number. Salespersons are required by law to be licensed.

Licences can be checked online to see if they’re valid.

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Additionally, customers should have everything in writing and create a formal contract with clear expectations of the job and when it’s expected to be complete.

Other red flags:

  • The sales representative is pressuring you to “act now or lose out on a limited time offer.”;
  • A substantial down payment is required before providing any services.

Anyone who has dealt with an unlicenced salesperson is asked to contact the consumer protection division at consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca or 1-877-880-5550.

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