DA warns of asphalt scam
Johnson County District Attorney Stephen M. Howe is warning consumers of traveling asphalt contractors in the Johnson County area.
The District Attorney’s Office received a call from a consumer within the last week concerned about an individual who knocked on his door offering to do asphalt work for a significantly reduced price.
Howe said the practice was consistent with other home-repair scams the District Attorney’s Office has seen in the past.
Typically “contractors” with out-of-state license plates knock on a homeowner’s door indicating they can do asphalt work for a nominal fee, often thousands less than competitors. Unfortunately, he said, what often occurs is that inferior materials are used, and/or the labor is of poor quality. Traveling contractors often prey on the elderly who may be in the home alone, and intimidated by the situation.
When hiring a contractor who appears unsolicited, Howe encourages consumers to contact their local city authorities to determine if the contractor has a door-to-door sales license and/or a license to conduct business within their city.
Anyone who is suspicious of any type of activity or believes he or she may be a victim of a door-to-door scam, Howe said, should your local police department and then follow up with the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office at (913) 715-3003.