The Broome County Office for Aging has recently received alarming reports of a scam targeting older adults in our community.
It has come to the attention of the Broome County Office for Aging that individuals are being approached by men who claim to be offering on-the-spot driveway paving services. These scammers demand immediate payment in exchange for their services, preying on unsuspecting victims who may feel pressured or intimidated.
All older adults and their families are encouraged to exercise caution and be vigilant when dealing with unfamiliar companies or individuals offering services. It is crucial to take the time to thoroughly vet and research any company before entering into any transactions.
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The driveway paving scam involves individuals approaching older adults, often unsolicited, stating that they noticed issues with their driveways. They promise to fix the problems quickly and conveniently, claiming to have the necessary materials and equipment readily available. These scammers then demand immediate payment, pressuring their victims into handing over money without providing any legitimate proof of their credentials or work.
To protect yourself and your loved ones from falling victim to this scam, please consider the following precautions:
Take your time: Do not feel rushed or pressured into making an immediate decision. Legitimate businesses will understand and respect your need to research and verify their credentials thoroughly.
Research the company: Before agreeing to any services, conduct a thorough background check on the company and the individuals involved. Look for customer reviews, verify their contact information, and check if they are registered with any professional organizations.
Seek multiple estimates: Obtain quotes from different reputable paving companies to ensure you are receiving a fair and competitive price for the services you require.
Ask for identification: Request identification from company representatives and take note of their names and contact information. Legitimate professionals will be happy to provide this information willingly.
Never pay in advance: Refrain from paying for any services before the work has been completed to your satisfaction. Legitimate businesses typically require payment upon completion or in stages as agreed upon in a written contract.
Consult with a trusted family member or friend: Discuss the situation with someone you trust, especially if you are unsure about the legitimacy of the company or the services being offered. They may provide valuable insights and help you make a more informed decision.
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If you or someone you know has already fallen victim to this driveway paving scam or any other fraudulent activity, please report the incident to your local authorities and the Broome County Office for Aging immediately.
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