Flood Victims Potential Scam Targets

Apr 27, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KMOT-TV Minot

When you`re desperate to find a house, you might overlook some important details.

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May 1, 2012
 
TRANSIENT MERCHANTS
Spring and summer mark the beginning of the transient merchant season. Although some door-to-door salespeople
are legitimate, many are simply scam artists who misrepresent their product or service and then skip town before
authorities can catch them.
The products sold by door-to-door salespeople vary, and the state is visited by people selling everything from
cleaning solutions to asphalt paving, to pots and pans and lightning rods.
If a salesperson offers you a deal that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Often, the prices are inflated, the
quality of the product is low, and sometimes what is sold is not what is delivered. An example is cleaning
supplies. The salesperson will demonstrate a cleaning solution that works great, but what is delivered is diluted to
nothing more than soapy water.
If a person comes to your door offering to sell a product or service, ask to see his or her "transient merchant's
license." In most circumstances, except those involving food products, transient salespeople must carry an
envelope-sized license issued by the Attorney Generalís office, and they must also post a bond with the Attorney
Generalís office. This licensing requirement protects you, the consumer. If you have a problem with a transient
merchant's product or service, you can file a claim against the bond.
Here are some other ways you can protect yourself from getting ripped off.
∑ Ask for local references. Get names and telephone numbers of people who have purchased and used the
service or product. Call the references to make sure they were satisfied.
∑ Compare prices with a local, reputable company. Transient merchants often sell at inflated prices. And if you
buy locally, you will know where you can find the seller if you have a problem or question.
∑ Make sure you are getting what you pay for. Inventory the items. Does the produce do what it is supposed to
do?
If you do purchase a product at home, North Dakota law says you have three days to cancel the purchase of
consumer goods costing $25 or more. People age 65 or older have 15 business days to cancel home solicitation
sales costing more than $50. A seller must tell you verbally and in writing about these rights to cancel or the deal
is voidable.
Do not feel pressured or intimidated by door-to-door salespeople. Your money is at stake. If you are
uncomfortable, show the salesperson to the door, get his or her license plate number, and call your local police or
county sheriff to report suspicious door-to-door selling.
Donít let the high pressure get to you. A good offer will be there tomorrow if it is legitimate.
Beth

Minot, ND

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May 1, 2012
 
I have noticed on other forums that talks about scams,It seems as if there is people who are very angry when telling of the scams thats going on such as-Levtover asphalt paving scam where they go door to door making false promises and decieving business practices-and roofing-and driveway sealcoating-and many other scams wich is called the the Irish traveler clans that come from texas and other states:)Thank you Kmot for helping get the word out about these scam artist to the public:)Its going to be a long summer,So we are going to have our hands full holding back scam artist:(They have even made suggested threats of finding me on other sites:(But law enforcement are looking in to:(
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May 1, 2012
 
Kmot-tv wrote:
TRANSIENT MERCHANTS
Spring and summer mark the beginning of the transient merchant season. Although some door-to-door salespeople
are legitimate, many are simply scam artists who misrepresent their product or service and then skip town before
authorities can catch them.
The products sold by door-to-door salespeople vary, and the state is visited by people selling everything from
cleaning solutions to asphalt paving,and lightning rods.
If a salesperson offers you a deal that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Often, the prices are inflated, the
quality of the product is low, and sometimes what is sold is not what is delivered.
If a person comes to your door offering to sell a product or service, ask to see his or her "transient merchant's
license." In most circumstances, except those involving food products, transient salespeople must carry an
envelope-sized license issued by the Attorney Generalís office, and they must also post a bond with the Attorney
Generalís office. This licensing requirement protects you, the consumer. If you have a problem with a transient
merchant's product or service, you can file a claim against the bond.
Here are some other ways you can protect yourself from getting ripped off.
∑ Ask for local references. Get names and telephone numbers of people who have purchased and used the
service or product. Call the references to make sure they were satisfied.
∑ Compare prices with a local, reputable company. Transient merchants often sell at inflated prices. And if you
buy locally, you will know where you can find the seller if you have a problem or question.
∑ Make sure you are getting what you pay for. Inventory the items. Does the produce do what it is supposed to
do?
If you do purchase a product at home, North Dakota law says you have three days to cancel the purchase of
consumer goods costing $25 or more. People age 65 or older have 15 business days to cancel home solicitation
sales costing more than $50. A seller must tell you verbally and in writing about these rights to cancel or the deal
is voidable.
Do not feel pressured or intimidated by door-to-door salespeople. Your money is at stake. If you are
uncomfortable, show the salesperson to the door, get his or her license plate number, and call your local police or
county sheriff to report suspicious door-to-door selling.
Donít let the high pressure get to you. A good offer will be there tomorrow if it is legitimate.
BEWARE OF THE TRAVELING CON ARTIST,NORTH DAKOTA
BEWARE OF ASPHALT PAVING SCAMS
Asphalt driveways can begin to look pretty worn and faded after a few harsh winters. And it is only natural for a
homeowner to want to get the restoration done as cheaply as possible. But as you concentrate on your home repair
projects this summer, beware of asphalt paving scam operators.
A traveling asphalt paving crew may notice your driveway and offer you a low-priced opportunity to revitalize it.
But a little bit of caution and common sense can help prevent serious problems.
The ability to hit and run is the key to a successful asphalt paving scam. Crews usually wander from one county or
community to another offering a driveway sealing service. Representatives of the crews typically approach
consumers in their yards, promising low estimates because of leftover materials from a completed job a few houses
away or on a nearby highway project.
They may offer a lifetime guarantee, but often the quality of the material used and application is inferior, and you
may soon have weeds growing through the new asphalt. Unfortunately, the paving crew is long gone by the time
you discover you have a problem. It may cost you more to redo the driveway after the fresh look washes away with
the next rain shower.
Another way to spot a possible scam is an offer to do the work without a written contract. Without a written
contract, the original low estimate may grow to hundreds or even thousands of dollars once the work is completed.
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May 1, 2012
 
BEWARE OF THE TRAVELING CON ARTIST,NORTH DAKOTA
BEWARE OF ASPHALT PAVING SCAMS
Asphalt driveways can begin to look pretty worn and faded after a few harsh winters. And it is only natural for a
homeowner to want to get the restoration done as cheaply as possible. But as you concentrate on your home repair
projects this summer, beware of asphalt paving scam operators.
A traveling asphalt paving crew may notice your driveway and offer you a low-priced opportunity to revitalize it.
But a little bit of caution and common sense can help prevent serious problems.
The ability to hit and run is the key to a successful asphalt paving scam. Crews usually wander from one county or
community to another offering a driveway sealing service. Representatives of the crews typically approach
consumers in their yards, promising low estimates because of leftover materials from a completed job a few houses
away or on a nearby highway project.
They may offer a lifetime guarantee, but often the quality of the material used and application is inferior, and you
may soon have weeds growing through the new asphalt. Unfortunately, the paving crew is long gone by the time
you discover you have a problem. It may cost you more to redo the driveway after the fresh look washes away with
the next rain shower.
Another way to spot a possible scam is an offer to do the work without a written contract. Without a written
contract, the original low estimate may grow to hundreds or even thousands of dollars once the work is completed.
Chris R

Minot, ND

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May 1, 2012
 
The local and state police are going to have to focus hard on these scam because to the con man..Flood meens $$$$,Many of these scams go on every year and law enforcement has not been coming down on these guys the way the should..We are going to have to start a anti fraud campaign to stop these guys and let them the N in North Dakota meens NO!
George

Minot, ND

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May 1, 2012
 
A texas based paving company who claims to be from minot realy tried to screw me on a seal coat job..started out trying to get around 70 cents a square foot,then kept dropping his price..he got to 50 cents a sq ft i told him i would talk it over with my wife,But i got on the web and started doing some fast research..I found they was trying to screw me big time..I just wanted to share this with who is willing to read it..Do not trust these guys who sells door to door..this happened yesterday..Im going to get the word out to consumer protection tomorrow..This guy could have got me for thousands of dollars that would have been a total gyp,Thank god for the info on the web..if you use it right you can find out anything.So just wait and deal with one of the guys you know without a doubt is local!I am not going to say no company names untill i talk to someone from consumer protection.And dont even trust them if they have a yellow page add because these guys know every way to try to gain your trust.
Dean

Minot, ND

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May 1, 2012
 
I wonder if this is why Hitler had so much hate for some people?Im not saying what he done was right,I know it was wrong..Was these people scamming over there before coming here?just asking.
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May 2, 2012
 
Why would anyone be willing to spend thousands of dollars with a man who just shows up at your door?There is something wrong when a company has to travel to other states and then go door to door With some not very honest ways to get work!They need to do a round up and ship them out of here to someplace that overlooks fraud.
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May 2, 2012
 
They wont go home,If they go home they probably would get arrested'While they go out and find driveways and parking lots to pave all there wives go to local malls and stores and steal right off of the shelves,Them guys probably make more then the president and are good at it to!
Beth

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#10
May 2, 2012
 
Everyone thinks you guys are great KMOT-TV.And thank you for stepping up for the great folks from ND:)And even if you just moved to ND we would like to thank you for choosing our town to live in:)Just do your fact finding on all the scams that is going on in our area:(God bless!
Born to scam

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May 2, 2012
 
you all got dot oil jack so dont be crying..north dakota meen this to me$$$$$$$$$$see dat 1 moe foe ya big norwegion dummes$$$$$$$$$$
Dan k

Minot, ND

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May 2, 2012
 
Yea you guys will learn the hard way about as dummies!your a damn jerk!
Beth

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May 2, 2012
 
Dan,I know who your aunt is and i will email her a link to our forum and she can forward it to you:)We are doing the blog site by word of mouth for now because we dont want scammers trying to get signed up to see what we got going on:)As you can see they are very rude and have no respect for no other humans.We do verify all emails and as of 630 pm we have 41 members already!!yay.we are also talking about a couple other scams the same family are running,We even got some big names from Bismarck who is going to join in a few days:)I cant say enough about the good lord taking care of us:)god bless and dont be so upset:)we will talk and make you feel better:)
Dan k

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May 2, 2012
 
Its ok Beth,Its been a couple years since i seen you last wow,I think it was when you was doing the report for the paper about the drop out rate being so low in nd,I dont want to post my email on here so i will get it from my aunt..I would like to join your blog..Its very hard to talk in private on here..oh btw is your cell#the same? if so i still have it in my phone..i wll call you in the morning i know your number has to be the same because i seen it on your info on fb..talk to you then.bye!
Beth

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May 3, 2012
 
Anyone who is freinds with Dan please contact him or me[if you know how]And we will get you signed up,I thimk im going to make a alternate email for everyone to get from these public forums so we can get as many people set up as we can:)
Beth

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May 3, 2012
 
I think we should make april 15th the official day of the new start of scam watching in ND til nov 20th.It seems to be the most common months for scam season North Dakota:(
Dan k

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May 4, 2012
 
Beth i am sorry for trying to ask people to give these guys a fair chance,I am alos sorry if i offended anyone on the blog..I have learned these guys are all nice talkers..then turn sour on people for non payment or whatever the reason..i was only trying to give one the benefit of my doubt,I seen how fast these people down talk us for no reason..other then taking our money..they have no use for ND..I am sorry Beth.
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May 5, 2012
 
They come in every shape that you can imagine,Anything to try to screw people who are already beat down from the great floods of 2011,People dont have no heart to go ahead and kick the people who are already down.
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May 10, 2012
 
Dean wrote:
I wonder if this is why Hitler had so much hate for some people?Im not saying what he done was right,I know it was wrong..Was these people scamming over there before coming here?just asking.
Just happened to stumble on this gem of a comment. The only this more awful than the evil of it, is the fact that the good Christian folk of Minot left it unchallenged for 8 days...I assume what Dean is referring to is the Nazi's murder of several hundred thousand Roma , and not the 6 million Jews. But maybe not, Jews have been accused of being scammers & Shysters for centuries ...Ugly ...Nice to see genicidal facism is alive & well in N.D.
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#21
May 10, 2012
 
It's already been noted on other forums before but some people here are a lil slow on the uptake : A list or two of names have been posted before. None of them have been Gypsy/Romanichel names, rather they have been the Surnames of Irish Travellers . Like everyone else in this country they heard there was a oilboom going on here and they're here like lots of other folks to get a cut. That list of names comes from where they lawfully registered with the state as a out of state merchant ..So far I see no evidence of any crime . Just a story about a guy who was offered a price on sealcoating his asphalt which he declined , and later decided was to much money..NEWS FLASH!!!..In the United States you can ask as much as you'd like to do most anything . And then you can either except that offer OR NOT..It's called free Market capitalism .

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