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BBB warns against solicitors

Last Modified: Thursday, January 30, 2014 1:40 PM

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Residents should beware of door-to-door solicitors in the area, said Carmen Million, president of the local Better Business Bureau.

She said the agency has received calls about people offering driveway-paving services. In most cases, Million said, such itinerant contractors use substandard materials, perform shoddy work and charge inflated prices.

They often use an age-old spiel: “We did a job down the road, and we have some additional materials. We can do the work for you right now, and we will give you a great deal.”

Ordinances in Lake Charles and the unincorporated parts of Calcasieu Parish prohibit door-to-door solicitation. For information, call the city at 491-1442 or parish at 721-3640.

If someone stops uninvited and solicits you for business, Million said, tell them you need their company ID and information and let them know you are going to investigate before committing.

Call the BBB at 478-6253 to check the company review.

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