PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota consumers and business owners are being reminded about transient paving and roofing scams that are targeting the state. Attorney General Marty Jackley says the Consumer Protection Division and local Law Enforcement across the state have been getting complaints about out-of-state transients going door-to-door promising low estimates; supposedly because of left over materials from a nearby completed project or needing to keep crews busy between jobs. In the end, consumers and business owners have been reporting poor quality work at exaggerated prices which are often double or triple what was originally quoted. In a press release, Jackley says each year; the AG’s Consumer Protection Division receives numerous complaints against transient contractors. He says the main goal is to trick consumers into making hasty decisions and their most effective tactic is catching the consumer or business off guard. They end up with an inferior product, usually at an inflated price. Jackley offers precautions that could help prevent becoming a victim, including avoiding making a full payment before the job is satisfactorily completed, ask for local references and call the references to make sure they were satisfied, get bids from local companies to compare prices and request a written contract specifying in detail the work to be done and the agreed-upon price. Contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986 for questions or concerns on transient contractors.
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