By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper J.D. Matheny has issued warning to residents of Mingo County, regarding a paving scam that has been reported.
“On Thursday, March 6, approximately six men arrived at a residence located on Jennies Creek Road and spoke with the homeowner and inquired if she would be interested in having her driveway paved. The men advised that they had just finished a job in the area and had some leftover concrete that they needed to get rid of and they would pave the individual’s driveway for a considerably lower rate. The homeowner agreed and when the men had finished, they simply just spread a layer of sand over the individual’s driveway.”
“The men then advised the homeowner she owed them several thousand dollars for the work. The homeowner advised that she only had $1,800 on hand, at which time the men advised that amount would be good enough. When the homeowner asked for a receipt the men refused to give her one, and they also refused to give business cards or contact information.”
‘The homeowner told law enforcement that the men advised her they worked for a company called T & J Paving, which after investigation, was determined to be a nonexistent business. The homeowner further advised that the group of men would only accept a cash payment.”
If anyone in or near the Jennies Creek area has dealt with, or has knowledge of a similar situation within the past few weeks, they are asked to contact Senior Trooper J. D. Matheny at the West Virginia State Police Williamson Detachment 304-235-6000.
Further, if anyone is approached by anyone inquiring if they need work around their residence, it is suggested to ask for references and other business information and take the time to research the business to make sure it is a legitimate organization. Matheny says don’t let anyone pressure you into making a decision immediately. It is also recommended to make payment using a personal check or cashier’s check so that it may be traced if you happen to be a victim of such a scam. Be very cautious of anyone who accepts cash-only payments, the trooper said.