Beware of Driveway Scams

by Ashley Drane on June 17, 2010 at 1:14 am

The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office is warning the community about an annual summer scam.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says someone will stop by your house and ask if you want your driveway paved or sealed. They will take your money and not finish the work that’s promised.

"Here recently in the past week, some of these individuals, that have been known to do this, were in Southeastern Ohio down around Washington County," Sheriff Matt Lutz said.

Sheriff Lutz said make sure to look at the vehicles, business cards, and most importantly make sure you sign a contract that gives you a price up front. Most reputable businesses will have a contract and ask for the payment when the work is completed. He said watch out for people that want money up front and don’t give you any paper work.

"I would want something in writing  that says how many square feet we’re supposed to be doing, how long my drive way is, and what they are going to charge me per square foot. I’m going to have it added up and I’m going to get a price up front," Sheriff Lutz said.

Lutz said ask questions. He said if they are a scam artist they will most likely run instead of answer. If someone suspicious approaches you, you can always file a complaint and if you are able to get their license plate number Deputies will check them out.