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Police warning of paving fraud

As the weather continues to get warmer, some residents may be looking to have their driveways repaved which could set them up to be scammed.

The Ontario Provincial Police says fraudsters are “persistent, persuasive, and, sometimes, aggressive” hoping to trick you into using their services.

Brooklyn Harker, media relations for the Central Region OPP, recommends researching contractors online by seeing if they’re registered with your area’s chamber of commerce or looking for reviews on a reputable website.

She adds they may have professional-looking information to show you like a flyer.

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“It is advisable to exercise caution when opening your door to unexpected visitors or solicitors offering items or services,” says Harker.

When they show up at your door, they may ask for payment upfront in cash and say this can be done “today only.”

“Most contractors will know how much material they need for a job, so if they show up at your door saying they have “leftover” from another job, be cautious,” continues Harker.

She says the scammers may look for elderly residents.

“If an offer seems too good to be true, chances are it is and it’s someone trying to scam you out of your money,” summarizes Harker.

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