BEWARE! DRIVEWAY SCAM TARGETING THE ELDERLY
Recently, UMPD took several reports of elderly residents falling victim to a driveway sealing scam. Three subjects, claiming to be from a legitimate local paving company, coated the resident's driveway in an oily substance and performed subpar concrete work. The residents were scammed out of $1500.
The suspects are described as:
-"Tony", a white male, 50's, approximately 5'9" and facial hair
-A very thin white male, 30's, approximately 6' tall
-A white male, 20's, approximately 5'8", wearing many gold chains
The three males arrived in two pickup trucks - one white and one grey.
Please help us spread the word and warn friends, family and neighbors! If you recognize this group of scammers, please "submit a tip" on this page, or email email@example.com. If you have fallen victim to a scam, please stop into our station to make a report.
Driveway sealing scams are very common! Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim:
1. NEVER believe anyone who says they have extra asphalt or sealcoat and can repair your driveway for a minimal cost.
2. NEVER hire someone on the spot that knocks on your door and offers this type of work. Ask for references and do your homework on the company. Ask for their contractor license information and certificates of insurance.
3. NEVER pay cash! A reputable contractor will always ask for a check made out to the name of the business.
4. If a "deal" sounds too good to be true, trust your gut, it probably is! If someone knocks on the door and tries to sell you a "today only" price, or tells you they're only working in the area for a short time, it's a red flag.
5. Solicitor permits are required in Upper Moreland Township. If they can't provide one, call 911!