EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 4, 2013

Police warn of paving scams

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — PELHAM — Pelham police urge residents to be wary of deals on driveway paving.

Con artists often use high-pressure tactics to confuse and intimidate potential customers, police said.

Once an individual agrees, here’s what usually unfolds, police said. A crew arrives and begins work. Then, the swindler says there was a mistake and the cost is actually much higher than the original deal. If the individual doesn’t pay, “work” will stop.

Paving scams are common at this time of year and the targets are often older residents.

Police urge residents to be skeptical of unsolicited offers to do paving jobs. Ask the individual to leave and call police if they won’t.

Request proof of insurance, police said, which is not likely to be produced..

Call the police with questions, or if someone knocks at the door offer a paving “deal.”

“When faced with one of these scammers remember, there is no such thing as extra asphalt,” police said.