Boone County Sheriff's Department warns residents of asphalt scam

Thursday, June 2, 2011 | 8:02 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department is warning residents about asphalting scams that were reported to the Missouri Attorney General's Office this week.

According to a news release from the Sheriff's Department, scammers are driving new Dodge pickup trucks and a dump truck and are hauling an asphalt roller.

A woman near Hallsville said she lost $11,000 in the asphalting scam earlier in the week, according to the release.

Another resident told deputies a man offered to do asphalting with leftover materials on May 27 near the 12100 block of North Route Z.

Several other incidents have been reported to the attorney general's office, according to the release. 

The Sheriff's Department recommended in the release that residents avoid unsolicited offers by asphalters and other home improvement salespeople. It also recommended that residents avoid companies that use high pressure sales tactics or demand money up front.

For more information, contact the Sheriff's Department at 875-1111 or the attorney general's office at 800-392-8222.

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Harold Sutton June 2, 2011 | 9:46 p.m.

Yes, they stopped by my house and opened with the same line about being in the area doing work for some neighbors just down the road. I said no thanks! That the next owner would have to do it if they wanted it done. It never went any more than that. They left.

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