If someone knocks on your door offering you services to upkeep your driveway, take extra caution because they might be a seasonal driveway scammer with the pure intent of cleaning out your wallet.
These hit-and-run swindlers knock on doors, typically saying they have just completed a job near the area and are in possession of leftover materials.
If your driveway is already paved, they may offer to "reseal" it at a bargain price, but don't be fooled. The price they offer turns out to be remarkably high while the quality of the materials and workmanship strike an all-time low.
Your freshly "sealed" driveway will wash away within the next rain and if the bogus job is paid for, the asphalt will crumble in a matter of weeks.
In recent years, the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division has taken five driveway scammers to court with one currently awaiting sentencing in Federal Court, facing up to 30 years in prison.
The victims, who are often seniors, usually lose between $3,000 to $6,000.
Be leery of anyone who knocks at your door offering to work on your home.
Always thoroughly research a company and collect estimates in writing first.
Remember, the person who comes to your door selling services is supposed to tell that you have three days to change your mind and cancel the contract in writing if you so wish to.
If you or someone you know has been approached by a paving scammer, report it by calling 1-800-NO-SCAM(1-877-566-7226) or filing a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.