Strathcona County RCMP Warn Residents Of Paving Scam

June 25, 2024

Strathcona County RCMP warn residents of paving scam

Strathcona County, Alta. – The Strathcona County RCMP warn residents to exercise caution when dealing with asphalt paving companies, specifically targeting residential and farming residents throughout the County.

These companies often approach consumers claiming to have leftover material from a recent paving project, offering discounted prices to pave driveways. They sometimes claim to be County-affiliated contractors completing projects in the area. However, once the work is completed, the surface quickly deteriorates and fails to meet industry standards.

Victims are left with the expense of redoing the paving work as these companies often disappear from the area before any recourse can be taken. To avoid falling victim to this scam, consumers are urged to verify business information with the Better Business Bureau and Service Alberta before hiring a paving contractor.

When selecting a contractor, it is recommended that multiple estimates be obtained, prices compared, a written contract be secured at the beginning of the job, and check the company's record with the Better Business Bureau and Service Alberta. Furthermore, companies must possess a license to accept pre-payment, and a comprehensive contract should be presented at the initiation of the job to ensure clarity on the work to be done and payment terms.

Please be aware that Strathcona County contractors do not typically solicit private work, such as driveway paving, while under contract with the County. If a contractor represents themselves as working on the County’s behalf, residents can call the County to confirm at 780-417-7100.

Strathcona County RCMP encourages residents to visit The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre ( to familiarize themselves with the many different types of scams out there, as well as to access information and resources to share with family and friends. For more information on consumer protection laws and investigations