A sheriff’s office investigator warned local residents today to be on the lookout for bargain deals on driveway paving that don’t turn out so great in the end.
Toney Hurley, chief investigator for the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, said there have been a number of these scams reported in the county this year — as well as other nearby counties. The most recent came on Saturday, when a woman was told by a purported repairman he would put new asphalt on her driveway for $300.
When they work was done, he told the woman she’d misunderstood — the bill was actually $8,300.
Hurley said that being solicited to do a job like putting asphalt on a driveway should be a “red flag.”
Hurley said residents that suspect they’re being targeted by a scam artist can call the sheriff’s office for assistance at any time at 903-438-4040.
“If they’re not interested in dealing with these people, it would still help us if they could get a description of the vehicle and the people. A license plate number is always a big help, too,” Hurley said. “And if they are interested, they can still give us a call and we can come out there and make sure that they’re treated fairly.”
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