Stettler RCMP cautions rural residents of ‘Gypsy Pavers’ scam

The Stettler RCMP is asking Stettler and area residents, especially those living in rural areas to be cautious about unknown contractors.

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The Stettler RCMP is asking Stettler and area residents, especially those living in rural areas to be cautious and not engage unknown contractors.

“We would like to remind those living in rural areas of a scam commonly known as ‘Gypsy Pavers,’” said Sgt. Phil Penny, Stettler RCMP. “Typically, a contractor will attend a residence in the rural area telling the property owner that their paving company has extra material from another job and would be willing to pave on the property for a discount.”

According to Penny, the work is completed but to a poor standard that doesn’t last as expected.

When the property owner attempts to confront the company or get their money back, they are unable to track the company rep down.

Stettler RCMP urges rural property owners to use discretion in dealing with unknown contractors offering “deals.”

Seek out references and previous clientele to ensure you’re dealing with an upstanding company/contractor.

 

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