Lee County Sheriff’s Office Warning Public about Asphalt Paving Scams

You know the old saying, if it’s too good to be true it probably is. The Lee County  Sheriff’s Office was warning residents about fraudulent asphalt paving companies.

“Individuals show up, usually in a pick up truck, claim they’ve been doing a paving job near by, they have leftover product from that job and they’ll offer to pave the persons driveway for a fraction of a normal charge,” said Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones.

According to the Better Business Bureau, trustworthy companies usually know how much paving material is needed to complete each project. Rarely will they have large quantities of material leftover.

“Sometimes the price they give you is a really good price, but when you start getting estimates from other companies, you’ll find it’s not within the range of what it should be. So, that should tell you you’re going to get what you paid for ,” said President & CEO of the BBB serving the Fall Line Corridor, Kelvin Collins.

Smith Asphalt was the company the sheriff’s office wanted to warn the public about. They are no longer in the area, but Sheriff Jones said there’s more than one group in this county trying to pull off this same scam.

Some red flags:

These fraudulent companies will go door to door offering their services.

“You have to think about it,  does a company in your area have the time to go door to door to door soliciting jobs?,” said Collins.

“Their method is to confuse and to force the victim to tell them it’s a one time only deal. You have to do it today. We don’t have time to stay in town, but today you have to make a decision. Now, now, now and that’s a dead giveaway something not right is going on,” said Sheriff Jones.

Another sign to look out for is if their vehicle has out of state plates.

“That’s why we always tell consumers always look for a local company that you’ll be able to find if you have problems because the number they use is usually a pre-paid cell phone that they’ll turn off in a few days and you’ll never be able to reach them again,” said Collins.

Collins also said if you aren’t sure, just call your local law enforcement or visit www.bbb.org.

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