The Better Business Bureau is sending a warning across the South Plains; the itinerant gypsy pavers are back and they're trying to steal your money. This time they're targeting senior citizens in rural areas.
Here's how it works: the pavers will seek out a target and offer to pave your driveway. They'll often tell you they're with a state or county crew and they have leftover materials and can give you a good deal.
They'll draw up a contract and then intimidate you into paying more than you agreed upon.
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Better Business Bureau President, Nan Campbell said, "normally they (the pavers) just sort of throw it on and it's not done correctly, it's really shoddy and it sometimes washes off with the next rain."
Campbell said the scam does come with what she calls "red flags." The scammers often use new equipment, drive clean trucks and often overload their trucks. All of these things are not consistent with legitimate crews who work everyday. Asking for additional money is also a red flag.
Three suspected scam artists have been identified. They're driving the following trucks:
If one of these trucks or crews pulls up to your home, do not answer the door. Call the police or sheriff's office immediately.
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