An Albemarle County couple wants you to be aware of their $2,500 mistake.
Right now is an ideal time for home improvement projects, which means it's also prime time for scams.
The homeowners, both of whom are in their 80s, wanted to remain anonymous. They say they were scammed out of thousands of dollars thinking they were getting their driveway paved. Now they want to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else.
"It looks like a bunch of oil. That's about all it is, and it's a big mess," said one of the victims.
They say they were scammed Monday by three men.
"He came by wanting to pave our driveway with some asphalt that expands from two and three-quarter inches to three inches and that would be all it would have to be," said one of the victims.
Albemarle County Police Department spokesperson Carter Johnson said, "In this particular scam someone came to a home apparently very well spoken, very well dressed, a smooth talker and had some information for the homeowners that wasn't true and wasn't legitimate."
The men - two said to be in their 20s and one said to be in his 50s - claimed to be with a company called American Asphalt, but no such company exists in Virginia.
The men asked for money up front, saying they did not accept personal checks. So the couple paid cash. But the asphalt never expanded, leaving the driveway looking like nothing more than a bad paint job.
"I even lost trust in my own self for getting hooked like that," one of the victims said, "But I thought he was honest, talked honest and nice-looking young fellow. I just got hooked."
The men did leave a hand-written receipt behind, promising a seven-year warranty, but no contact information.
It was a frustrating ordeal for a couple who says they are usually very cautious.
"'Oh no,' I thought. ‘Everybody else got scammed, not me' but I found out different."
Police are investigating this case and want you to be aware of people like this out there trying to take advantage of others.
Anyone with any information should call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
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