Sheriff's office warns of potential scam known to hit area in the past

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SCOTTS BLUFF COUNTY, Neb. - (KNEP) - Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Department warns people of suspicious construction scam that has been active in the area in the past.

According to Sheriff Mark Overman, in the past, individuals knock door-to-door stating they have extra asphalt, roofing supplies or lightning rods and are offering services at a reduced price. The work gets done but is subpar with the ‘company’ asking for a larger amount that previously quoted for the job.

Sheriff Overman stated there haven’t been any reports of this happening yet this year but it has happen in the past and the Wyoming Attorney General recently obtained a significant judgement on an individual doing this in counties near Nebraska under three different company names.

According to the Better Business Bureau the individuals doing the work are usually in that area for the day and then gone next.

In order to ensure you are not a victim be leery of a company claiming they have ‘leftover’ asphalt. Asphalt is a perishable product and if it cools too much it’s useless.

The Better Business Bureau also wants people to be leery of deals that seem too good to be true as well as door-to-door sales. They add that reputable asphalt contractors don’t sell door-to-door.

Their last word of advice is to look for vehicles with out of state license plates.

If you ever have any questions or concerns contact your local law enforcement.