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Consumer Alert: Asphalt Scam

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WISCONSIN (WAOW) - In a press release, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection identifies a scam that hit Milwaukee and Racine Counties related to door-to-door asphalt contractors.

State officials tell us approximately 20 victims have given a combined $100,000 to the scam artists.

According to state consumer protection officials, the workers show up unannounced to homes and businesses.

State officials say a crew will show up, discuss asphalt service and agree on a high price which must be paid by cash or check up front before the crews start to work. The workers either do a poor job or just apply a base coat, according to authorities.

The DATCP press release also said, "Because these crews are always on the go, there is little reason to suspect that they will remain in any particular county or area. These crews are known for arbitrarily increasing their prices as they work, and they come and go from an area without a trace, leaving consumers empty-handed and with no recourse for any uncompleted work or property damage."

The DATCP recommends, if a crew stops by your home offering an immediate resurfacing job, ask them to leave and contact local law enforcement. If you wish to have your driveway properly resurfaced, contact local, trusted contractors and gather multiple bids. Officials say never pay the full price of a projectup frontt.

If you have been victimized by one of these door-to-door teams, report the crime to DATCP by filing a complaint on the DATCP website (http://datcp.wi.gov) or by contacting the Consumer Information Hotline at 800-422-7128 and requesting a complaint form.


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