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Have you been scammed?

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The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office is telling you to beware of a possible paving scam.

The sheriff's office told us crews are asking to pave your drive way, sometimes they run off with your money, other times they do a poor job.

"Feels like I've been scammed," said Robert Carter of Blountville.

Since the beginning of March so far 13people in Sullivan County have made complaints of being scammed.

And Robert Carter has a sign in his front yard letting everyone know it.

"Three men came by here wanted to pave my driveway," said Carter.

Deputies said that's the first red flag.

"Legitimate paving companies do not do that, they'll tell you they don't do that. They wait for you to call them to get an estimate," said Public Information Officer, Leslie Earhart.

Earhart said scam artists are targeting a specific age group, which is another red flag.

"People using different company names go around and target elderly victims," said Earhart.

Carter paid $575.00, but wasn't pleased with his new driveway.

"It looked pretty good, but if you get up close to it looks like a zebra with stripes across there," said Carter.

Carter said that he has called the company several times, but has not been able to get anyone from the company to come out and fix it. He wishes he would have waited to hand over the check.

"I wish I had waited 24 hours after it was finished so I could see the finished product before I paid them," said Carter.

Carter plans on finding another company to repave his driveway

Deputies said that you should always be on alert. If you see a paving company just driving through your neighborhood, get what information you can, including a tag number, and call your local police.

If you are looking to have someone pave your driveway get an estimate before hand, and don't be afraid to ask for references or check with the Better Business Bureau.

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