City of Oak Hill helps residents avoid falling prey to scammers

We all know the drill – scams are popping up all over these days and with no signs of slowing down.

The City of Oak Hill has an agreement with AAA Paving & Sealing to pave a few streets in our city limits. Recently a resident reported that a contractor showed up at her door claiming they were going to pave her street later that day.

“She accepted the offer and became a victim of a paving scam,” said Ronda Falk.

Scams are everywhere… no one is immune. They recently targeted Oak Hill and the city clerk tells us how not to fall prey.

“Our goal is to help homeowners recognize and avoid these scams and protect your hard-earned money,” Falk said.

We tend to be generous/accepting in nature and want to think the best of people. But Falk says be wary of unsolicited offers.

“Don’t let a contractor start working on a project until a written signed contract is outlining start and complete date, a detailed description of the work, material cost, payment arrangement and a warranty on the job,” she said.

From phishing emails to scam calls and everything in between — professional scammers hide in the shadows wreaking havoc.

“I think they’re always trying to come up with new scams, so once that’s revealed… I think they go ahead and move on to something else,” said the city clerk. “We always have to be prepared.”

She says don’t hesitate to reach out to the city (304-469-9541) to learn more about the paving scam or with any other concerns.

“They’re always welcome to call us and we can confirm whether that contractor is legit,” Falk said. “We want to help our community.”

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