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ECSO warns of door-to-door scheme

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The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is warning the public of asphalt workers from out of town who are going door to door soliciting business in the area.

The sheriff's office warns that if anyone comes to your residence, they must provide a solicitation permit from the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

"In many cases workers, will approach elderly and/or residents in rural areas wanting to perform asphalt work on their driveway or property," Sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor said in a statement. "The asphalt may be laid;, however, the sealant will not be applied, and the workers will charge for a complete job. "Other accounts indicate the workers will perform part of or the entire job, but will charge more than the agreed price."

"Their story is that 'I just paved a driveway down the road. I've got an excess amount of asphalt that I've got to do something with, because once it cools it isn't any good anymore. So for a good deal, I'm going to offer you this asphalt.' And that's where they get them," said Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie.

The sheriff's office urges consumers to ensure they are conduct business with a reputable company. Please report any suspicious activity to us by calling 912.754.3449.

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