Scam artists might offer to do cheap paving work

By The Tri-City HeraldApril 29, 2014 

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is warning homeowners and businesses to be on the lookout for scam artists who offer to pave driveways and resurface parking lots.

The scammers claim to have material left over from a nearby job and offer a bargain if hired on the spot. They go door to door, wear uniforms and drive trucks with company signs. However, state officials said the scammers typically find excuses to inflate the price after the work is done, aren't registered and provide low quality work with poor materials.

Washington residents should check and make sure a contractor is registered with the state before hiring anyone, according to the Department of Labor & Industries.

Registered contractors are required to have liability insurance, a business license and a bond, which gives homeowners some monetary recourse if a job is unfinished. To verify if a contractor is registered, go to or call 1-888-811-5974.

State officials also recommend getting written bids from three contractors and not paying in full until the job is done and done well.

Fraud victims should report it at or call 1-888-811-5974. For more tips, go to

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