June 15, 2005
Jefferson City, Mo. — Attorney General Jay Nixon cautioned residents and businesses in southwest Missouri to be wary of con artists who go door to door offering to pave or seal driveways and parking lots, with several reports having come from the Springfield area.
Driveway repair scams often result in consumers paying too much for an inferior product, Nixon said. In some cases, weeds start to grow through the thin layer of asphalt within a few days, and the asphalt begins to crumble.
"These scam artists typically emerge in the late spring and early summer, often staying under the public's radar by moving from town to town offering low estimates and making false promises about their work," Nixon said. "In many cases, the work is started but never finished or is of such poor quality that it must be removed at an additional cost to the homeowner. And by the time the homeowner realizes what has happened, the scammers are long gone."
Nixon said there are several steps consumers can take to avoid becoming a driveway repair scam victim:
Consumer who want to file a complaint about driveway repair scams or other fraud should call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-392-8222 or file a complaint.