MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of asphalt paving scams taking place in the county.
Sheriff David Barber said his office has received reports of door-to-door asphalt paving solicitations in the eastern portion of the county recently. He said the reports involve various vehicles with Wayne County and out-of-state license plates on them showing up at residences offering to pave or resurface driveways.
The sheriff cautions citizens to be skeptical of such solicitations, as reputable contractors rarely, if ever, solicit door to door for such work. Some indicators of such asphalt paving scams include:
•Selling door to door.
•Claiming they have leftover asphalt from another job.
•Pressure homeowners to make a quick decision.
•No written or signed contract is offered.
•Cash only sales.
•Deals and prices that seem too good to be true.
•Out-of-state and out-of-county license plates on vehicles usually with no company name or logo on them.
Barber urges citizens to avoid these types of solicitations completely and rely only on reputable contractors over what he refers to as “travelers” who tend to prey on senior citizens. Report any suspected or suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.