Asphalt Scam Alert

Posted Monday, September 21, 2009 --- 4:05 p.m.

Press Release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office:

Madison, WI. September 21, 2009 – The Dane County Sheriff’s Office wants to alert residents and business owners to potential asphalt construction scams traveling through the area.

On Saturday, September 19th, Sheriff’s Deputies began investigating a complaint of a fraudulent paving company trying to overcharge a homeowner in the town of Burke. After the worker’s had completed a driveway-paving job, the company attempted to charge the homeowner over $30,000.00, an exorbitant amount for the work they had done.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is working with deputies from Jefferson County, as they have received several complaints of similar incidents. Property owners should be cautious of any paving or construction companies that approach them without being contacted to do so. A common practice for these scammers is to go door to door telling property owners that they have left over materials from another job, and then give the impression to the property owner that they will give them a discounted price for the project. After the work has been completed with less than desirable materials, they hand the property owner a grandiose bill. These groups are rarely local, and tend to travel through the area in the spring and fall.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have information on this type of activity to call the tip line at (608) 284-6900.

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