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Nottawasaga OPP warns residents of paving scams

May 26, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

If you require repairs on your driveway, be very careful when you are dealing with contractors and make sure you are working with a reputable company.

The Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is currently investigating a fraud scam involving an asphalt company operating in the Angus and Essa Township area.

As a result of the police investigation, OPP is making the community aware of this illegitimate company operating in the area and attempting to defraud members of the public by offering reduced asphalt services.

These people are representing themselves by the name of ‘Icon’ or ‘Ikon.’

Upon entering into a verbal agreement, these individuals may begin working on or damaging the current driveway.

The scammers are skilled at communicating quickly in a tactic to make the consumer feel rushed into a decision to purchase the asphalt.

They offer low-cost paving and claim to have a surplus of asphalt from roadwork. They give estimates and then complete the jobs without paperwork or providing written quotes or receipts.

The crew is comprised of all males who are operating newer model, dark Ford F1500 pickup trucks. Anyone with camera footage of them is encouraged to report it to police.

Police are reminding citizens that they follow a few simple steps when getting home renovations.

This includes reading over thoroughly all written contracts before signing them and having a family member review them.

You should get references from other customers. Consider getting other quotes from several companies.

Thoroughly understand what produce or service you are purchasing. Inspect all work before making payment and ensure work has been completed properly and that the service you received was what you had paid for in your business contract. Legitimate businesses will be happy to provide you with information on their services.

Be careful about providing confidential personal information, especially banking and credit card details, unless you are certain that the company is legitimate.

The OPP has released photos of the suspects in this case. 

The OPP believes there may be other victims in the community and encourage residents to call them at 1-888-310-1122 to report fraud.

You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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