Belmont Police Lt. Richard Santangelo said a Belmont homeowner has recently fallen victim to an asphalt paving scam costing them more than $1,000 that may never be recovered.
This scam is ongoing in eastern Massachusetts communities, in addition to locations around the U.S, he said.
The scam usually begins with a "friendly" contractor approaching a homeowner and offering to repave a driveway for a low price, usually claiming he has left over materials from a near by paving job. But these jobs usually have a host of problems that include:
• Sub-par materials or watered down asphalt.
• Thinly poured asphalt.
• Improper preparation.
• Drainage problems.
• Bait and switch pricing.
Residents are reminded that reputable paving contractors rarely solicit business by walking door to door. Other indicators of a possible scam may be a requirement for an up front cash payment, or out of state license plates on the trucks.
If you come in contact with someone operating a paving scam, call the Belmont Police Department at 617-993-2501.