(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Organized Fraud Unit is warning the public about a new scam that has emerged in Ottawa.
The Ottawa Police has received complaints from people who have “hired” paving contractors who come to the door, with promises of an inexpensive paving job for their lane. No paperwork is exchanged, a verbal price is agreed upon, and when the work is complete, they charge a much higher amount and pressure the purchaser to pay.
The “salesmen” appear to be young white males, who speak with an Irish accent.
The Ottawa Police Organized Fraud Section wants to remind the public that any contractor work should come with a signed hard copy contract, and that if any deal appears too good to be true, it probably is.
Take the time to reflect on the deal before agreeing. There is no hurry to sign the deal at the door.
Remember that once you agree to the work, you have to pay for the work, so that is why it is important to get a contract before the work starts.