Be aware of gypsies selling asphalt and paintCOLORADO – WARNING: THE TRAVELERS ARE HERE — From the Better Business Bureau we received word that a group of phony asphalt pavers have been going door-to-door in Larimer and Weld counties for the past several weeks, selling low-grade paving jobs.They have been called “The Gypsies” and more recently, “The Travelers”. They approach a home and tell the owner that they’ve just left another paving job and have some leftover asphalt, and they will apply it for a very low price.The problem is that they put a thin coat of asphalt on the driveway, and it looks good for a couple of days but then disintegrates or is washed away.By the time the homeowner discovers the scam, The Travelers have taken the money and left the area.These same Travelers also perform poor roofing jobs and even paint houses with low-cost paint that washes away with the first rain. They may be in this area because of the hail damage last week, and they specialize in so-called roof repair.In this case, the workers may present the homeowner with business cards from a legitimate Denver business which is a member of the business bureau. They apparently stole the cards to use and make themselves appear honest.We checked with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, Greeley police and the Weld District Attorney’s Office, and no reports have been filed yet with them.When approached by any door-to-door paving outfit, the Better Business Bureau cautions, ask yourself these questions:n If they are a bona fide, reliable business, why are they soliciting business from you?n Why are their prices so low? Is the offer “too good to be true?”n Why are they pressuring you to decide right now or asking for payment upfront? Legitimate businesses don’t operate this way.If you feel you have been taken or approached by an unethical “gypsy” business operation, contact the business bureau (686-7722) and your law enforcement agency at once. Law enforcement investigators ask consumers to get the license plate number if at all possible and report to either the police or the sheriff’s department right away, while the crew is still in the vicinity.Within city limits, call the police department at 350-9600. Outside of the city, but in Weld County, call the sheriff’s department at 356-4015.
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