Extra Asphalt Scam

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I have twice had guys in trucks with the same story "I was doing a job at your neighbors and have some extra asphalt, let me do your driveway" come to my door this month. I am not saying they are all scammers but it is a common scam. read up on it and protect yourself.

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sacjon Mar 14, 2019 10:33 AM
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Ok come on... ease up folks jeez.

Flicka Mar 14, 2019 09:39 AM
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The bank must have thought the guy was shady or they wouldn't have called to verify if my aunt wanted them to cash it. Why didn't the guy contact my aunt to at least get some kind of payment? I can't think of any ligament business who wouldn't have wanted due payment. Can you?

a-1571598156 Mar 14, 2019 09:52 AM
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So, you're putting this on the guy? Your aunt used a situation to get out any type of payment at all. She was in control. Maybe he couldnt' go back, didn't know the address, who knows. Maybe he did go back and she didn't answer the door? We don't have all the facts just what you decide to share. Maybe he went back and they weren't there. She by the same token could have said yes cash the check, since she did write it after all didn't she, that shows intent to pay that amount, then stiffed them. If she didn't want to pay $5K why not write the check out for less? Shame!

a-1571598156 Mar 13, 2019 04:03 PM
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I'm sorry but, how exactly is this a scam? If someone comes and asphalts your driveway, you can watch them and not pay them until they are finished. IT's not like they are asking for money and then they'll come back tomorrow. Plus, not paying for work is the scam. You have to pay something, just not the full amount if there is some shoddiness, as you did receive some service and in FLICKA's aunt's case - they admitted the driveway looked better than it looked before and that deserves payment.

Flicka Mar 13, 2019 09:12 AM
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My aunt was in her upper 80s when it happened to her. If it was legit the man would have come to get another check, or some kind of payment. Ordinarily my uncle would have taken charge when they came with their offer but he was almost 90 and too sick to get involved. I'm sure my aunt would have paid them something if they had returned for payment after the $5,000 check was denied payment. their bad, not hers.

Roger Mar 14, 2019 11:09 AM
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He knew he did a crappy job and he never went back No Bad Karma for FLICKA's Granny...Other wise he would have tried to get a payment. In the old days people did a good job or they did not get paid.

a-1571598156 Mar 13, 2019 04:15 PM
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PITMIX - read again. the check didn't bounce, it was never honored in the first place.

a-1571598156 Mar 13, 2019 04:04 PM
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Why does it matter that your aunt was in her 80s?

PitMix Mar 13, 2019 03:32 PM
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What kind of legitimate business doesn't contact the homeowner when the check bounces? I agree with Flicka, it was a scam and the scammers got what they deserved.

oceandrew Mar 13, 2019 11:57 AM
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No FLICKA... writing a check then going back and refusing to honour it is dishonest. Two wrongs don't make a right. Your aunt basically stiffed the guy. May karma be kinder to her than she was.

a-1571598156 Mar 13, 2019 10:06 AM
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Flicka is WAS her bad. She could have easily told the bank to tell them to contact her to arrange for a different payment. She basically refused to pay for services she received. Not cool.

MissionCanyon Mar 12, 2019 08:31 PM
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I think it's a scam. A quick search found: https://bradleyasphalt.com/7-warning-signs-asphalt-paving-scams/ among others. I was also approached (twice) by asphalt scammers several weeks ago. I had a hard time getting rid of them. I have found that taking a picture of the scammer and their car w/ license plate is a good deterrent. Unfortunately, I didn't have my phone with me when I answered the door that time.

monkeyboy Mar 12, 2019 02:57 PM
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I once called a few local companies to inquire if they could do a small job on the way back to the office. They all said that the asphalt was usually too cool by the end of the work day and needed to be reheated to be used.

SantaBarbaraObserver Mar 12, 2019 02:01 PM
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Send them my way! I cant seem to get any of the local companies to respond to their bids or even a request for a quote - Challenge never called back! Ramsey was almost 2x as much and the other guys, well they dont seem to answer their phone. Where's The Rake when you need him! ; ) Or was he sent off to jail along with his bosses???

Flicka Mar 12, 2019 12:22 PM
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My elderly aunt had this some years back. The guy had extra asphalt so she said to go ahead. She had a circular driveway, plus it was a split level house so the drive went down below. It came to $5,000. It was dark when they finished but the next morning she saw what a shoddy job they did. Lo and behold, the bank called and said a guy was wanting to cash her $5,000 check, did she approve. No! Although it was a shoddy job, it looked better than when they started and she got it free.

bosco Mar 12, 2019 02:19 PM
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FYI, that's not a scam. Sounds like they bid some work, she said yes, and they did the work. Not doing your due diligence is on her. Poor work is not the same as a scam. Shame on her for ripping them off.

GeneralTree Mar 12, 2019 01:04 PM
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So your aunt gives someone a check for $5,000 for work that she can't see that is completed?

a-1571598156 Mar 12, 2019 12:39 PM
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The guys improved the driveway, although it was "shoddy" looking, and your aunt stiffed them? Did they sue? Kind of awful to rip someone off completely like that.

LocalMatt Mar 12, 2019 09:52 AM
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Well if you have zero clue and your 88 you might get scammed. If you have any clue at all you could figure it out

a-1571598156 Mar 12, 2019 09:43 AM
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Unless you TALK to the neighbor whose driveway was supposedly already done and confirm the quality, it is most certainly a scam. Check it out: https://www.keyt.com/news/local-news/88-year-old-orcutt-woman-says-she-was-scammed-for-700/87589036

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