By Carla Bass – City Editor,
based on Texarkana Ark. Police Department report
This past weekend in a residential neighborhood in Jefferson a local residence was approached by “Driveway Scammers” at a very unusual time of day; on Sunday morning. The residents of the home were surprised that they showed up on a Sunday morning, but sent them merrily on their way nonetheless, knowing what they were up to. It is unknown whether they were pavers or sealers, but either will apply.
Another person shared this information put out by the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, and it applies to everyone, everywhere. It covers several of these face-to-face encounters of which all homeowners need to be aware.
The key to these scams below is to “be wary of anyone approaching your home. Very few reputable businesses legitimately use this practice.”
The “Paving Scam” is one of the most popular and successful scams because it deals with larger amount of money. The conman comes to your door and tells you that he was laying asphalt down at a location in the area. He says that he has some material, or asphalt left over, from the job he just finished. He offers these materials to you at a reduced rate, which he will use to pave your driveway. He then uses substandard
material or asphalt that has been diluted with tar or black paint. The end product looks good but only lasts for a short time.
The “Sealing Scams” involves similar methods. The conman approaches you and tells you that he can seal your driveway or carport to either prevent cracks or stop cracks. The “sealer” he uses is usually not a sealer at all. It is usually a mixture of gasoline and tar, or paints mixed with a diluting agent. The conman offers a great price and basically paints your driveway, not sealing anything.
The “Pest Control Scam” also entails diluting the products used by the subject and again, as in the previously listed scams involves the conman approaching the intended victim. The bad guy offers to spray your house for insect control and uses substandard or completely fake materials. The conman uses white paint or even milk to deceive the victim into believing he is spraying insecticides.
The “Lightening Rod Scam” is an older scam but is still utilized today. The conman approaches the homeowner and explains…
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