Dedham police have issued a warning about a “paving scam” that they say has become prevalent in Massachusetts.
The scam begins with a man knocking on the door of the victim, usually an elderly person, according to a Dedham police statement.
The scammer claims the victim is getting a discounted price on repaving for the victim’s driveway, but the scam is that work on the driveway ceases in the middle when the scammer claims a mistake was made.
The man says the resident owes thousands more than the original price and threatens that if the victim refuses to pay, the work will cease, according to the statement.
“Paving scams like this occur regularly in Massachusetts and increase during spring and summer,” the statement said. “The perpetrators target senior citizens and are well known to police across the country.”
Police offered several tips to avoid the scam:
- Beware of unsolicited offers to do paving work and do not let the solicitors inside the house. Calmly but firmly tell solicitors you are not interested and that if they refuse to leave, you will call police.
- Ask for a solicitor ID issued by the Town of Dedham. If there is no picture ID, the person is not authorized to conduct door-to-door solicitation.
- Search the internet for “paving scams.”
- Ask to see proof of the solicitors’ insurance.
- Call the Dedham police if workers begin work without your consent.
- Watch out for elderly neighbors.
- Try to remember a description of any solicitors and vehicles used by anybody who appears to try to scam you or a neighbor and call the Dedham police immediately.