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Attorney General Larry Long Warns Consumers to be Wary of Spring Scams


(Pierre)- Attorney General Larry Long is warning South Dakota consumers about transient paving, roofing and painting scams that surface every spring. Traveling crews wander from door-to-door promising low prices for roofing, paving or painting because of leftover materials from some other jobs they just finished. What the consumer actually receives is a poor quality job that will not last, but the crew will be long gone. 

Some tips to consider: 

  • Request a written contract specifying in detail the work to be done and the agreed upon price.
  • Be cautious if cash-only terms are required.
  • Ask for local references and call these references to make sure they were satisfied.
  • Get bids from local companies to compare prices. If you buy locally, you will know where you can find the seller.
  • Consumers have a three day right to cancel on door-to-door sales contracts.
  • Sellers must provide the consumer with a copy of the contract or receipt at the time of the sale. This receipt must show the date of the sale, the name and address of the merchant, and a statement to the buyer of his or her right to cancel the contact within three days.
  • After proper cancellation, the seller has 10 days to refund your money.
  • Remember that a legitimate offer does not require you to have the work done immediately. Do not get pressured into a sale.

Contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Office at 1-800-300-1986 or with questions or concerns about transient contractors prior to having such work done.