A man knocks on your door and says he has extra asphalt and is willing to pave your driveway at a discounted price. His high pressure approach confuses and intimidates. You are not getting a deal, you are being scammed.

If you agree, here is what likely happens. Men and equipment suddenly appear and begin “working” on your driveway. At some point, the con-man claims a mistake was made and you owe thousands more than the original price. He threatens that if you refuse to pay, the “work” will cease. You may be escorted to the bank, to withdraw money. When you realize the scam you try to cancel the check only to learn it was cashed within minutes of it being written.

Paving scams like this occur regularly near the end of summer. The perpetrators target older people and are well known to police across the country.

Avoid being a victim and consider the following suggestions:

- Beware of unsolicited offers to do paving work. Do not let the solicitors inside your home. Calmly but firmly tell the solicitors you are not interested and tell them to leave your property. If they refuse your instructions call the police.

- Educate yourself and your family. Search the internet for “paving scams.”

- Call the police if they begin “working” without your consent for service.

- Be a good neighbor. Paving scams target senior citizens.

- Always call the police if you have questions, or if unfamiliar people or companies appear at your door or in your neighborhood.

This information is intended as a public service announcement. Your vigilance will help police in their effort to keep everyone safe and secure.

When faced with one of these scammers remember, there is NO such thing as extra asphalt!!