Paving scams hit Lowcountry area

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about scams occurring in nearby communities with driveway paving contracts.

Asphalt paving scams typically the victim paying for shoddy service that cost 300 to 400 percent higher than normal rates, according to the sheriff's office. Senior citizens are typically targeted in this type of fraud.

The sheriff's office warns of red flags on dealing with a paving contractor:

  • Selling door to door. Reputable asphalt contractors will rarely sell their product door-to-door.
  • Sales pitch of claims of leftover asphalt from another job. Professional asphalt contractors will know how much paving material is needed to do a project and rarely have leftover materials.
  • High-pressure sales. Reputable contractors provide a written estimate that will be valid for days or weeks. If the deal being offered is not available tomorrow or next week, it is probably a scam. Never hire someone on the spot. Ask for and check their references.
  • No contract offered. Insist on a written contract that gives details on the work to be performed and the agreed total price – not the price per square foot.
  • Cash-only sales. Most reputable contractors don't require cash-only terms.
  • Deals that seem to be good to be true. If the quoted price seems very low. It's likely the work will be of low quality.

If you believe you may have been victim of a scam of this nature, please contact the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843.524.2777.

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