Maynard Police Department

Beware of Paving Scams

It is a warm summer day.  A man knocks on your door and says he has extra asphalt and is willing to pave your driveway at a discounted price.  His high pressure approach is designed to confuse and intimidate you into agreeing to the deal.  You think you are getting a “deal”, but in reality, you are being scammed.

If you agree, here is what likely happens.  Workers and equipment suddenly appear and begin “working” on your driveway.  At some point, the conman claims a mistake was made and you owe thousands more than the original price.  He threatens that if you refuse to pay, the “work” will cease.

You may be escorted to the bank, to withdraw money.  When you realize the scam you try to cancel the check only to learn it was cashed within minutes of it being written.

Paving scams like this occur regularly in Massachusetts and increase during spring and summer.  The perpetrators target senior citizens and are well known to police across the country.  Criminal charges vary by state but are commonly filed.

Avoid victimization and consider the following suggestions: