Sheriff Warns Don’t be Scammed by Driveway Sealcoating Offers

June 12, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

Someone knocks on your door unannounced and offers to sealcoat your asphalt driveway on the spot. He tells you about the great deal you’ll get. Once you give him your money, he fails to deliver.

Such a scam has been occurring recently in Wilson County as close as Watertown and Sheriff Patrick Ray urges you to be vigilant just in case DeKalb Countians are targeted. No such scams have yet been reported locally.

“The scammers go to a home with a paved driveway and tell the intended victim they will seal their driveway for them at a cheap rate. Most of the time the scammers ask for the money up front and when paid they usually leave without doing all the work or in some cases without performing any work .The last incident occurred in Watertown where an elderly man was approached. The scammers were reportedly driving a 2007 or 2008 silver Dodge Ram pickup truck, possibly a two wheel drive with a large black sealer tank in the bed. The driver was described as an older white male, 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs about 200 pounds . He also has a place on his neck possibly from a surgery.  The passenger is described as  a short Hispanic man,  about 130 pounds  and he is younger than the driver. Victims say  they believe these men could be from the Smithville area,” said Sheriff Ray.

If you have information call central dispatch at 615-215-3000 or if you have been a victim of such a scam call Sheriff Ray at 615-597-4935, extension 7.