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Published: Saturday, 8/30/2014

Ohio official warns of driveway paving scams

ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s attorney general says residents should be on the lookout for driveway paving and contractor scams.

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office reports it has received more than 60 complaints involving asphalt, concrete or paving since June. In half of the complaints, consumers reported the transactions began with a door-to-door visit.

Consumers listed cracked concrete, faulty drainage, ineffective sealing and uneven driveways in their complaints. The disputed amount in the complaints averages more than $3,000.

The attorney general’s office says consumers should check contractors’ reputations, ask family and friends for contractor recommendations, and get all contract terms in writing. Consumers should also avoid paying large down payments or paying in full until the work is complete.



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