The Will County Sheriff’s Office sent out an alert Thursday warning residents to be aware of asphalt contracting scammers who recently were in Lemont.
Lemont police told the sheriff’s office that residents had been reporting a group of men approaching homes and “smooth talking” homeowners into resealing their driveways, according to a news release from the office.
“These people are very persuasive and typically target the elderly population,” according to the release. “Their sales pitch can include telling the homeowner they will give them a
‘cut-rate price’ just for today, or they were working in the area and saw that your driveway needs resealing.”
The group also asks for payment before they begin in the form of cash or a check.
The sheriff’s office has offered residents advice in such cases:
• If you did not personally call a seal coating contractor, do not hire one that comes to your door.
• Always sign a contract and do your homework to be sure the contractor is reputable. Just because they might have appropriate work clothing, a truck with a name on it and seal coating equipment, does not make them reputable.
• If these people come to your door, do not engage in conversation, just shut the door.
• If you have elderly relatives or neighbors, please take the time to inform them of this scam.
• If you see something, say something.
No scammers had been reported in Will County as of Thursday, according to the release.