North Fulton County

Pine straw scammers charging metro homeowners thousands for ‘hundreds’ of bales

ROSWELL, Ga. — Police in one metro Atlanta city are telling residents to be on the lookout for scammers charging thousands of dollars to spread pine straw at your house.

Roswell police say the scammer comes up to your door and offers to lay pine straw throughout the yard at five dollars per bale.

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After they finish, the scammer will come back to your door with a handful of bale ties and claim it took hundreds more bales than usual and charge thousands of dollars.

Investigators say the most recent victim who reached out to them paid $2,700.

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Officers say it’s best to hire only reputable workers and not accept unsolicited offers unless you’re able to agree on a final price before the work is done.

The City of Roswell also requires solicitors to have permit and and must show anyone that permit when asked.

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