Summer is around the corner, but con artists have already hit the Tri-Cities with asphalt-paving scams.
The state Department of Labor & Industries has been warning homeowners in that area about “contractors” offering to pave and seal-coat driveways on the cheap. The problem is the scammers don’t do a good job, according to L&I.
L&I says the scam typically works like this: a friendly representative approaches a homeowner offering to repave a driveway for a low price, claiming they have just enough asphalt left over from another job nearby. The representatives are usually polite, drive nice work vehicles and can be very persuasive.
But the work they do won’t meet homeowners’ expectations, and both materials and workmanship are often subpar. By the time the victim realizes his or her new driveway is falling apart, the pavers have the victim’s money and are long gone and untraceable, says L&I.
The driveways go bad in several ways: they are built with inferior materials, the asphalt is poured too thinly, the driveway’s foundation was neglected, and drainage wasn’t taken into account.
“We haven’t issued any citations yet in the Tri-Cities area, but we suspect a few of these outfits are doing business there,” said Rich Ervin, L&I’s program manager for contractor registration, in a press release. “We urge any homeowners that have done business with or have been approached by these guys to report it to L&I.”
Victims can report suspicious contractors online or by calling (888) 811-5974.
L&I says this scam happens every summer.
I’m kind of wondering why nobody has taken down the license plates of the perpetrators? Maybe the perps could practice their road-building skills for the Department of Corrections.