Sheriff’s offices warn against paving scams

Local law enforcement agencies are asking people to be wary of potential paving scams.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office drew attention to the scams in a Monday news release. Investigator Brandon Darr said some elderly victims of scams have called in and reported paying several thousand dollars in paving scams. He said the Sheriff’s Office ends up following up on the incidents, some of them with the potential for civil or criminal charges.

In some cases, Darr said the victims pay for a job that’s never finished, and are frequently approached under the premise that the solicitor has finished a job nearby and has extra asphalt to spare, willing to work on a driveway or road section for an extremely low price. He said many of them target seniors in their scams.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said that such scams aren’t a widespread issue in the county, but charges have been placed in the past. Usually, he said solicitors end up with violations of required permits for going door to door – and he said no one holds permits in Shenandoah County for soliciting door to door for paving or sealing.

“We usually have a series of complaints when we do have them because the person goes to more than one residence,” he said. “When we do have them, it’s very seldom — just one.”

Capt. Donnie Lang of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said the scams crop up during the warmer months.

“A lot of times what happens is they’ll give them an estimate and when they’re done, they’ll triple or quadruple the price,” he said.

He said that victims can get stuck in the scam without a physical contract to refer back to.

“We try to tell people, if someone knocks on your door and you didn’t ask for it, it’s probably a scam or going to be a scam,” he said.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com