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Over the past month, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports involving driveway paving scams and is warning citizens to be aware of these types of incidents.

Driveway paving scammers solicit door-to-door, claiming that they have material left over from another job after they had miscalculated what materials were needed, and that they will pave a new driveway for the victim for half the price of what it would originally cost.

The scammers will then give the victim a cheap estimate on the cost for materials and spreading it on their driveway. Once the victim agrees to the work and the work is completed, the scammers then insist on payment well over the agreed price. They will then attempt to demand and threaten you into paying a much higher price.

A recent report received by the sheriff’s office, involved a victim who paid a large sum of money by check. The check was then altered/forged by the scammer and presented to the bank for a much larger amount of money.  Most of these have involved targeting elderly residents. Once they have swindled a victim out of money, they will usually leave the area and head to another location to commit additional rip-offs before victims can report the incident.

The sheriff’s office is urging residents to look out for one another and contact law enforcement at 936-327-6810 to report any encounters with solicitors whom they believe to be involved in such deception.  The Polk County Sheriff’s Office takes these very seriously and will investigate all reported incidents.

The following report is from the Texas District & County Attorneys Association (TDCAA), involving these type of scams at:  https://www.tdcaa.com/journal/let-the-buyer-beware-of-asphalt-paving-scams/

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