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Contracting scammers are working Beaufort County neighborhoods, and residents should be skeptical of unsolicited offers to do work around their homes, particularly with driveway-paving contracts, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
Asphalt paving scams are a common and could result in costly losses for homeowners, the Sheriff's Office says. Often, victims are charged three or four times the usual rate for inferior work. Senior citizens are often the selected target in this type of fraud, the release said.
Citizens can protect themselves by taking precautions when dealing with a paving contractor. Be skeptical of those who:
The Sheriff's Office recommends dealing with contractors who have community roots. If you believe you may have been victim of a scam, contact the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.