Beware offers that are too-good-to-be-true
Salem – The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) is
investigating the season’s first reports of paving scams across the state.
“Homeowners should be wary of people who knock on the door
and make an offer to pave a driveway at an unrealistic price,” Lead
Investigator Eric McLauchlin said.
The CCB is looking into recent reports of scams in the rural
areas north of Salem. Typically, someone comes to the door, says they have
leftover supplies from other work in the neighborhood, drops the name of a
neighbor, then makes a lowball offer to pave a driveway. They are often ready
to start immediately, which doesn’t allow the customer time to reconsider.
The scammer takes money up front, then performs shoddy work
with low-grade materials. Often, they return to demand more money through
“Please contact the CCB if you suspect construction scams in
your area,” McLauchlin said.
Call the CCB at 503-934-2229. You can also report scams to
local law enforcement agencies.
Scam suspects often are unlicensed, but not always. The CCB
is currently looking into reports of a known “traveler” – someone that is based
out of state and shows up seasonally. These are often families with male and
Consumers can look up a contractor on the CCB website to see
if they are actively licensed and whether complaints have been filed against
them. Visit www.oregon.gov/ccb. The
easiest and most accurate way to search is to type the contractor’s CCB license
number in the orange “Search” feature.
Nearly all home improvement work requires a CCB license,
meaning the contractor has a bond and insurance that offer some protection to