BBB warns against solicitors

By Special to the American Press

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


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.