Police in Sandy Springs, Georgia, are warning residents of a scam that has been reported to them several times.

Police describe the scam as landscapers offering to spread pinestraw for $4 per bale.

The Sandy Springs Police Department recommends taking the following steps to avoid such a scam:

  • Use a reputable landscape company with references available.
  • Get a written estimate before any work begins
  • Make sure they know to inform you immediately if there will be an increase in cost.
  • Avoid having to pay up front.
  • If a deal sounds too good to be true, be on high alert for a potential scam.