Driveway-Repair Frauds Target Older Residents

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URBANA – Our partners at the News-Gazette report the Champaign County Sheriff’s investigator is looking into older residents being targeted by workers overcharging them for driveway repairs.

According to an article by reporter Mary Schenk, investigator Dwayne Roelfs is assembling information on out-of-state workers who did driveway work for four county residents. Roelfs says the work was probably not worth what was paid for.

Roelfs says the men claim to be from Hannibal, MO, and they have charged anywhere from $2,000 to $14,000 to put “oil and chip rock” on driveways.

Schenk reports the incidents took place on July 30, August 4 and August 6. Affected parties ranged from 57 years old to the oldest being 91 years old. According to Roelfs, the men use manipulation, “slick sales tactics” and specific check cashing techniques to get money from vulnerable parties quickly.

The article also states that a lack of a firm quote and lofty bills are common in these dealings. Victims are also often too embarrassed to seek help.

Residents should avoid making deals with individuals who show up without being called looking for work. Roelfs also points out professionals would know the cost of the work and would not change the number on the client.

Find the News-Gazette’s article on these incidents here: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2015-08-22/sheriffs-investigator-looking-possible-driveway-repair-fraud.html

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