Couple scammed out of $5,000 on driveway repaving

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Several signs indicate -- that a driveway paving scam is in progress. Not knowing them can be costly.

An elderly Chesterfield couple, called 12 On Your Side, after paying $5,000, to some travelling pavers.

One of the oldest scams is still claiming victims. Know that you are about to get taken, if you hear, claims of leftover materials -- a reluctance to draw up a written contract or the vehicles have out-of-state license plates.

"I hope you can find him. I hope no one else gets scammed like I did," June Butler said.

Driveway paving scams are successful because, they hit and run. Within minutes of spreading the asphalt, the Butler's $5,000 check was cashed.

"The girl at the bank says said she remembers when he cashed it," June said. "I was going to put a stop payment on it, but she said June you can't, he's already cashed it."

We asked June's husband, Donald, what he thought of the one month old, paving job.

"How would you like to walk up and have to step up on a 3-inch pile of ashalt," Donald Butler said. "Right up here, it's low, it takes some fancy engineering to go around that curb and stay on the asphalt."

Those unlicensed contractors worked under the name "Affordable Paving and Seal Coating." They said they had asphalt leftover from another job and could sell it cheap, $2 per square yard.

"He was suppose to have done just a certain amount and stopped, until he could get another job and have some extra stuff left over," June said.

Don't fall for that, even when it comes with a warranty.

"You just have a company letterhead which doesn't tell you anything. There's not company address," said Janet Creamer, an investigations supervisor with the State Board of Contractors.

"How would you handle it, if you think somebody is actually trying to rip you off at that moment. What would you do?" Creamer asked. "If you feel intimidated at that point, you need to pick up the phone and call police."

Creamer pointed out trouble spots that probably indicate quick work, so they could move to the next job.

"There should be asphalt all the way here, all the way to the grass. That side over there has a round about to the street, where you can turn easily. This one doesn't," Creamer said. "You should not see grass growing through it."

Will the Butlers get their money back?

"There are ways to find people. Not all is lost. There are ways to find them," Creamer said.

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