Ouachita Sheriff’s Deputies Investigate Asphalt Contractor Scam

Ouachita Sheriff’s Investigators are investigating complaints involving suspects posing as asphalt contractors contacting Ouachita residents offering to pave driveways.  The suspects usually come to the residence, offer to do the work for a low price and ask for payment up front.  The suspects then apply very limited amounts of asphalt to the site then leave, taking the victims money.  Information received thus far indicates suspects are possibly white males, operating construction type trucks, red in color, with some type equipment attached.  At least two complaints have been received thus far.  Anyone that may have been contacted by these suspects or has any information on their identities or whereabouts is asked to contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.

To avoid becoming a victim of a scam such as this one or anything similar, Sheriff Russell recommends that you check that an individual or company is:

1.      Licensed, insured and bonded.

2.      Ask for a detailed written quote for the cost of labor and materials.

3.      Get at least 3 bids for the work.

4.      Be extra cautious of unsolicited contact with individuals wanting to do repairs or other services.

For more information on consumer protection or to report contractor fraud visit the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office website: http://www.ag.state.la.us/Shared/ViewDoc.aspx?Type=2&Doc=209.