Investigators warn homeowners of Hamilton County paving scams
Last Updated: 60 days ago
HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. - Local authorities are on the watch for crews who are reportedly targeting people and tricking them into a driveway-paving deal that is most likely a scam.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said there may be multiple crews of driveway paving “scammers” working in the central Indiana and Hamilton County areas. Authorities said the crews seem to target the elderly and people who live in rural parts of the county.
According to reports, a person representing the paving company will contact a homeowner, telling them they are working on a job nearby and have leftover materials. But once the job is halfway finished, the paving crew will increase the price of the job.
Investigators have found in the days after the crew has done its work, homeowners notice the poor quality of workmanship and “shoddy” materials the company used.
The sheriff’s office said in the Hamilton County area, the crews have been failing to use hot asphalt, but cold asphalt grindings (called “millings”) from the top surface of a roadway. One Westfield victim paid nearly $7,800 for a job that was likely worth as little as $1,500, investigators said. And in this case, just days after the work was completed you could see grass popping up through the surface of the asphalt.
The sheriff’s office said homeowners should use extreme caution when you encounter individuals that fit this description, or just plain never do business with a paving company that operates door-to-door.
Anyone with information on this type of incident should give details to the sheriff’s office at 317-773-1872.
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