Public Service Announcement – Be Wary of Paving Scams
The Weld County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the community as the weather gets warmer we need to be wary of paving scams. These scammers go soliciting homeowners in doing asphalt paving and driveway seal work. They are often referred to as “Traveling Scammers” or “Paving Scams” and senior citizens.
These individuals will go door-to-door telling you that they have left over asphalt from a job they just finished. They’ll tell you that they are giving you a good deal and that the asphalt needs to be used right away. They ask for cash only payments and in the end, you the homeowner lose out on a great deal of money without receiving the services promised to you. The Weld County Sheriff’s Office cautions homeowners on these type of scams and wants to remind you to be suspicious of these door-to-door sales.
Here are six warnings signs courtesy of the Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association that can help you protect yourself from potential fraud.
Selling door-to-door: Reputable asphalt contractors do not sell their products door-to-door. Consumers should be very suspicious of anyone appearing at their front doors offering low-cost asphalt. Claiming they have leftover asphalt from another job: Asphalt is never left over from a project. Leftover asphalt materials would be too cold to place properly, while cold mix is used exclusively for small patches, not general paving. Asphalt is a perishable product and if it cools to much it is useless as an asphalt paving product.
One-time offer: Reputable contractors will provide a quote before doing any work so that the homeowner has a chance to shop around.
No contact offered: Insist upon a written contract specifying in detail, the work to be performed and the agreed amount.
Cash only sales: Most reputable contractors take checks or credit card and don’t require cash only terms.
Deals that seem to be good to be true: If the quoted price seems very low, chances are the quality of the work will also be quite low.
Vehicles with out of State license plate: This type of scam many times will be run by persons travelling through our area from other states. The big equipment may be licensed in Colorado, but many times the smaller equipment (pickups and trailers) will be licensed in other states.
Anyone with information regarding these type of scams is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at 970-356-4015 or the Weld County Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip Line at 970-304-6464.