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Cloquet Police Dept. has issued a warning to residents of Cloquet and surrounding areas, there is a gypsy paving scam operating in our area. They usually sell left over paving material at an inflated or a very low rate. Here's what to look for.

The workmanship and quality is poor and reflects badly on local businesses that do good work.

According to a press release by CPD, Here are 7 “Asphalt Paving” scam warning signs:

1. Selling door-to-door: Reputable asphalt contractors will sometimes offer their services if they are doing a legitimate job in the immediate area. Always ask for references.

2. Claiming they have leftover asphalt from another job: Professional asphalt contractors will know, with great accuracy, how much paving material is needed to complete a project. Rarely will they have leftover material. Some of the reasons a contractor might have left over material are due to weather, equipment problems, cancellations and etc

3. Push you to make a quick decision: Reputable contractors will provide a written estimate that will be valid for weeks or months. If the great deal they are offering you today is not available tomorrow or next week it may be a scam.

4. No contract offered: Insist upon a written contract specifying in detail, the work to be performed and the agreed upon price.

5. Cash only sales: Most reputable contractors take checks or credit cards and don’t require cash-only terms.

6. Deals that seem to be good to be true: If the quoted price seems very low, chances are the quality of the work will also be quite low.

7. Unmarked truck: Often the trucks they travel in are unmarked or they have an out of town address and phone number. A little research will reveal that they have no permanent address and the phone number is often an answering machine.

if you encounter a situation that you believe is a scam, you're asked to dial 911 or contact your local law enforcement agency. Pay attention, remember if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.