Minot Police Caution Public On Door to Door Step, Contractors

July 1, 2019

 

 

 

Syndicated by: Montana News

The Minot Police Department has received recent reports of possible fraudulent
construction related contracting services.


Area residents are reporting being approached at their doorsteps by businesses
offering to perform contracting services such as paving, driveway resurfacing,
or sealing services. In the past we’ve also received similar reports of offers for
roofing services.

 

The people from these companies will often claim that they
have left over materials from other nearby projects and offer their services at
substantially reduced prices.


What at first sounds like a very good deal, often results in substandard work
being done, or the work being started and not completed with the homeowner
being out thousands of dollars. Some residents have reported having to pay far
more to have the work entirely re-done by a more reputable company.


Prosecutions of these individuals and companies can be particularly difficult as
substandard work is generally not in-and-of-itself evidence of fraud, however
there are steps for property owners to follow to help determine if the company
is licensed as a contractor in good standing in North Dakota:


First, check the Licensed Contractor List with the North Dakota Secretary of
State (http://sos.nd.gov/business/contractors/contractors-licensed-north-dakota).
All contractors who perform jobs valued at $4,000 or more must be licensed.
Contractors offering expensive services for less than that, when most others
charge more, may be a red flag of fraudulent intent.


Second, if the contractor service is not originally from North Dakota, they must
also have a Transient Merchant License issued by the North Dakota Attorney
General, which can be verified here:


https://attorneygeneral.nd.gov/sites/ag/files/documents/Gaming/LicenseesTransientMerchants.pdf


Also, if the contractor is operating door to door within Minot city limits, and does
not have a business in the city, they must also obtain a City of Minot Transient
Merchant License in addition to the one issued by the Attorney General.

 

This license can be verified by calling the Minot Police Department at 701-852-0111.
Third, be wary of any merchant that doesn’t have the required licenses, or is
hesitant to show them.

 

 

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